Perks of Telework: Working From Home Brings Duties Around House

May 1, 2020, 10:00 AM

Time for Perks of Telework, our revamped recap of intriguing data, surveys, and trends about how the 21st century workplace is weathering the new coronavirus. Check this space every Friday to keep up with the latest coping with Covid-19 chatter.

No Rest for the Quarantined

Everyone’s had to absorb more must-do tasks in the business-as-unusual universe ushered in by the global pandemic.

And that harsh reality has newly minted teleworkers trying their hands at sorely missed essential services, according to employment hub Monster.

Monster surveyed approximately 400 employees and found nearly half of respondents (46%) said they’ve become culinary MacGyvers, whipping together family meals—some for the first time ever. Just under a quarter of respondents (23%) said they’re giving home-schooling a go. One in six (16%) have filled in as the house barber/hairstylist. And 15% report rolling up their sleeves to take a crack at home repairs.

Once higher-ups give the all-clear to rejoin society, respondents said the first thing they’ll do is: go out to dinner (40%); get a haircut (25%); hit the gym (20%); and send the kids back to school (15%).

Trying Something New

Educational service Udemy reports that shut-ins all around the world are killing time by honing new skills.

Plenty of folks are doing the responsible thing and registering for business courses designed to further their careers.

Others are making time for passion projects.

Alternative studies taking off in different parts of the globe include: mindfulness (Canada), drawing (Brazil), piano (Spain), guitar (Italy), photography (U.S.), and animation (Australia).

Little Help

Financial services provider Quicken Inc. polled 1,300 Americans about how the virus has affected their respective livelihoods.

Thirty-five percent said they’ve been able to soldier on by working from home.

A third of the respondents (33%) reported either losing their job or having their hours cut. And six out of 10 in that already-struggling group said the blow has been magnified because another household member also got laid off or is working less.

Three in 10 of the newly unemployed told Quicken the worker-related relief in the $2 trillion stimulus law “is not enough and we need much more.”

Thirty percent of those who said they need the stimulus payment aren’t sure what’s happening with the federal aid. They’re either waiting for Treasury to send them a check—which could take weeks to arrive—or haven’t been able to register for short-term benefits.

Hungry for more? Send any tips, polls, or story pitches to wrojas@bloombergindustry.com.

To contact the reporter on this story: Warren Rojas in Washington at wrojas@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fawn Johnson at fjohnson@bloomberglaw.com; Peggy Aulino at maulino@bloomberglaw.com

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