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How are employees benefiting from working from home?

The world's reopening and so is the office, but one study highlights the benefits from our forced experiment with virtual work.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After working remotely for more than a year, companies across the Charlotte area are returning to the office, but for a lot of workers, there really is no place like home. 

A recent study highlighted some of the benefits employees got from our forced experiment with virtual work. 

Let's connect the dots.

Saving money 

The biggest bonus for Americans working from home is saving money. BankRate.com says six out of 10 adults who worked remotely benefitted financially.

They didn't have to pay for things like gas or lunch.

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Americans had more free time

And it wasn't just a financial bonus, either.

A whopping 90% of the people surveyed said they enjoyed perks like more freedom, more time with family, and maybe most importantly, more time to sleep. 

Remote work negatives

There were some downsides, though. 

About eight out of 10 workers found at least one thing they didn't like about remote work, such as lower productivity due to all those at-home distractions. 

Some even said it put a strain on their mental health. 

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Quitting over remote work

And despite many workers clamoring for a permanent remote work schedule, not everyone's sold on the idea. The study found that one in 10 people would consider leaving their job if they never went back to the office full-time. 

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