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Work-from-home arrangements have led to an increase in their expenses, according to the majority of respondents to a poll.

Since the third wave of Covid-19 emerged in Thailand in April this year, many organisations have decided to allow their employees to work from home to comply with the government's policy to contain the spread of the virus.

A Suan Dusit Poll on "Thai behaviour while working from home" was conducted from May 10 to 13 on 1,553 samples nationwide.

Asked about their work experience during the Covid-19 crisis:

42.72 per cent said they were working from home;

34.45 per cent said they were working both from home and office;

22.83 per cent said they were working at the office.

Regarding their experience of working from home (multiple choice):

74.82 per cent said they were safe from Covid-19;

48.60 per cent said they were following the government's policy;

44.05 per cent said they had more time with their family;

40.53 per cent said they did not have devices and tools for working from home;

39.04 per cent said the atmosphere was different from working at the office.

Asked about the strong points of working from home (multiple choice):

88.33 per cent said it could contain the spread of Covid-19;

70.19 per cent said they could save travel expenses;

60.73 per cent said they could comply with the government's policy.

Askef about the weak points of working from home (multiple choice):

65.80 per cent said their expenses had increased;

62.08 per cent said devices and tools were not as convenient as in the office ;

45.97 per cent said they faced communication difficulties.

70.33 per cent of respondents said they were able to work well from home.

Asked whether they preferred working from home or office:

37.17 per cent said they liked to work both from home and office;

36.13 per cent said they preferred working at the office;

18.10 per cent said they preferred working from home;

8.60 per cent said they did not care;

Asked if the work from home practice could contain the spread of Covid-19:

82.66 per cent said it could;

13.14 per cent said they were not sure;

4.20 per cent said it could not.

Published : May 16, 2021

By : The Nation