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Binge watching Netflix during work hours? You’re not alone

A new survey finds remote workers are binge watching Netflix during work hours, among other things.

Are you binge watching Netflix during work hours? If so, this is one of those situations when you can say “Everyone else is doing it! Why can’t I?” Well, maybe not everyone, but a third of people. This is according to a survey by a company called Plugable, which recently asked 2,000 people questions about their remote working lives and productivity.

Working from home has been the norm during the COVID and many people expect this to continue, at least to some degree, even after the pandemic ends. People enjoy the convenience and employers are no longer able to insist that jobs can’t be done remotely, now that it’s been proven otherwise. Some people have also picked up some bad habits, however, and are not necessarily using their working hours as they should be.

Survey respondents said the top four perks of working from home were the lack of the daily commute (63%), wearing whatever they want (58%) flexibility to leave for appointments, errands, etc. (48%), and being able to cook or do laundry during the day (45%).

And what bad habits are we adopting? These are the top 4
  • Going on social media or browsing the internet during the workday 37%
  • Shopping online during the workday 34%
  • Binge watching Netflix during the workday 33%
  • Leaving home for non-essential trips (shopping nail/hair appointments) during the workday 26%

Meanwhile, people who work at home at the same time as their significant others are totally getting distracted by each other. One in five employees who work remotely with their partners are getting intimate during the workday.

More responses related to working alongside a partner included:

  • I get distracted by my partner – 74%
  • I feel less productive – 64%
  • I find focusing more difficult – 64%
  • Our relationship has improved – 77%
  • Our sex life has improved – 70%
  • We communicate more often – 81%

Nearly half of people working from home would like to continue doing so in the long term. Perhaps, if that’s the case we shouldn’t be shopping and binge watching TV on work hours. We want employers to trust us to make good decisions like responsible adults.

Get out of bed, if you can

Meanwhile, a separate survey, conducted late last year found that 72% of remote-working respondents had worked from bed during the pandemic, with one in 10 reporting that they spent “most or all of their workweek” in bed.

A BBC article states that this isn’t just bad for your body, it may also negatively affect productivity and sleep habits. The authors suggested not working from bed, and, if you have no choice, that you sit up, try recreating the experience of sitting in an upright chair, aim for “neutral posture,” and avoid putting strain on any one part of your body.

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