An international survey conducted by the Hungarian Eötvös Lóránd University concluded that two thirds of scientists and researchers would like to continue working from home after the pandemic ends, and only one third of them fears a negative impact on their work’s efficiency.
The survey, conducted by the Eötvös Lóránd University’s (ELTE) Psychology Institute, asked more than 700 scientists and researchers about their views and experiences regarding remote working during the pandemic.
The results show that 47% thinks their work efficiency dropped during this period, while 23% experienced beneficial changes. However, when asked about the possibility of prolonged remote working, 41% thought there would be no change in efficiency, 29% thought it would increase it, and only 30% said it would continue to be a set-back.
The authors added that the results also show that the initial drop in efficiency was most probably due to the need to adapt to the new working environments and setting up an online methodology, as well as balancing the work and family aspects of teleworking.
But after this period of adaption, two thirds of scientists and researchers would like to continue working from home. 86% of those in favour of more remote working believe that all conditions necessary for working from home have already been met. The results of the survey were published in the PLOS One online scientific journal.