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Half of Swiss working from home – and enjoying it

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Almost half of the Swiss labour force is currently working from home – and they like it, according to a survey by consultants Deloitte Switzerland. 

This content was published on May 14, 2020 - 10:55
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“Teleworking appeals to many of them, so much so that they no longer wish to spend their entire working time at the office in the future,” Deloitte said in a statement on Thursday. 

Some 41% of the 1,500 people surveyed said they were more productive at home, “despite less interaction with colleagues and the distraction of having children around”. 

While only 25% had worked from home before the coronavirus crisis, compared with 48% currently, 34% of respondents indicated that they would want to continue working from home after the end of the lockdown measures. 

“The fact is that the Covid-19 crisis […] will probably accelerate the already observed long-term trend of increased telework,” said Deloitte Switzerland. 

Common practice 

Statistics for 2019 show that even before the pandemic working from home had become a common practice in Switzerland. Flexible working hours have also been on the rise. 

So-called “home office” was practised by 33.7% of workers in Switzerland last year – 5% all the time, 14% regularly and 15% occasionally, the Federal Statistical Office reported last month. 

The most common sectors were teaching, IT and communications, with over 60% of employees from these areas working from home at least once over the year.


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