New data shows that men are less likely to work from home if they are given the choice.
SEO agency Clickslice analysed recent ONS data to reveal working-from-home behaviours of men and women with 2,850 people surveyed in total and asked if they have worked from home in a period of seven days.
The data, published in September, has revealed that 8% of men have not worked from home in the past seven days, although they are able to. However, more women – 10% – have not worked from home, although they are able to.
Although more men are opting to work from home if they are able, more women are working from home all or some of the time. 38% of women surveyed are working from home all or some of the time, compared with 35% of men.
However, men are more likely to be unable to work from home at all and 42% of men surveyed said they were unable to work from home, compared with 34% of women.
Gender plays a role
Joshua George, CEO of Clickslice, said: “It’s interesting to see how gender plays a role in working-from-home behaviours. While more women are working from home either all or some of the time, more men are choosing to work from home if they have the choice between that or the office.
“Further research shows that Brits are planning to continue working from home. ONS data from February 2022 revealed that 84% of workers who had to work from home because of the coronavirus pandemic said they planned to carry out a mix of working at home and in their place of work in the future.
“However, research also shows that bosses and workers disagree about productivity when working from home. In a recent survey by Microsoft of more than 20,000 people, bosses worry about whether working from home is as productive as being in the office. About 87% of workers felt they worked as, or more, efficiently from home, yet 80% of managers disagreed.
“This discrepancy is something that both business owners and workers should be aware of to ensure that there is no confusion or resentment about where people choose to work.”