Working remotely peaked in 2021, with slightly fewer of us working from home all the time in 2022. But that hasn't reduced its impact on how New Zealanders work.
More New Zealanders believe workplace culture has improved compared to last year as the Internet is giving us more choices of where and how to work.
Working from home
Working from home — cultural impact
How has working from home changed the culture in the workplace? Increasingly, working from home is being seen as having a positive influence on life.
Effect of working from home on workplace culture
The chart shows a comparison of New Zealanders' opinion on working from home effect on workplace culture in 2021 and 2022. The chart shows that in 2022, more people believe that working from home has a positive effect on workplace culture: 30% of respondents agreed with that, compared to 19% in 2021. The chart also shows that significantly less people think the workplace culture hasn't changed: 34% in 2022, compared to 43% in 2021.
However, working from home isn't as easy to access for some.
Roadblocks to working remotely
The chart shows a comparison of people's opinion on the main roadblocks to working remotely in 2020, 2021 and 2022. The chart shows that the Internet connection speed becomes less of a roadblock: only 12% of respondents mentioned it being a problem in 2022, compared to 32% in 2021 and 24% in 2020. The chart also shows that less people mentioned 'too many face to face meetings' as a roadblock in 2021 (22%) and 2022 (24%), compared to 2020 (33%). Half of the respondents in 2022 said they are required to be in the office for a certain amount of time. This question hasn't been asked in the previous years.
Working from home — popularity
The majority of New Zealanders work in roles that they could do from home. Yet the number of people who frequently work from home declined in 2022.
Frequency of working from home over time
The chart shows a comparison of frequency of working from home in 2020, 2021 and 2022. The chart shows that slightly less people work from home all the time or sometimes in 2022, compared to 2021. It also shows that less people worked from home once or twice in 2021 (14%) and 2022 (16%), compared to 2020 (20%).
Despite this, the popularity of working from home remains strong regardless of whether you're already working from home or not.
The popularity of working from home declined slightly during the pandemic, but has rebounded to be more popular than ever before.