Wednesday, 28 October 2020 00:23

Work ‘more enjoyable’, quality of life better working from home during pandemic for some Aussies: survey


A quarter of Australians say working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has made them enjoy work more, with 45% seeing quality of life improvements through the flexibility of working from home, and with women more likely than men to find working from home easier, according to a new study of 2,000 Australians’ digital consumption habits.

The Digital Consumer Trends 2020 study by advisory firm Deloitte looked at digital consumption habits during June and July this year, at the height of COVID-19 lockdown for many.

“The devastating impact of COVID-19, and the resulting lockdown, has undoubtedly acted as a catalyst: speeding up consumers’ digital adoption and introducing new trends at a rate few could have predicted,” says Deloitte Partner and National Telecommunications lead, Peter Corbett.

“During lockdown, digital became our window to the outside world, and each other, as we craved connection. This year’s Digital Consumer Trends survey explores the rise in online shopping, banking, video streaming and device purchases in response to the lockdown.

“As Australian businesses look to define their new normal, understanding the immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19 on digital behaviours is paramount. We believe the extreme events of this pandemic will spawn the digital trends of tomorrow,” Corbett said.

According to Deloitte, digital technology enabling us to work from home (WFH) is improving our perception of our jobs overall.

Delloite points to the survey showing that twice as many respondents (25%) say they now enjoy work more as a result of working from home, compared to those who find it more stressful (12%).

“Whether it’s more time spent with the kids or fitting in a quick surf before the workday starts, 45% of us say greater flexibility to manage our day is improving our lifestyles.

“More than 90% of Australians are benefitting from reduced travel needs, with a third gaining nearly a whole productive day back per week (5.5 hours). It’s leaving more time for life admin and recreational activities.”

Deloitte Consulting Partner, Kate Huggins, said: “Thirty-seven percent of our Australian survey respondents are now working from home – almost five times more than pre-pandemic levels.

“While over half of Australians who work from home have had an almost seamless experience from a technology perspective, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for all respondents – one in five said they lose a productive day a month due to ineffective tech. And without access to the office, technology issues can be hard to remedy.

“Overall, though, most of us are feeling positive about the shift, with more survey respondents finding the experience of working from home easier (41%) than harder (28%) to manage.

“There is one clear trend in the data: female respondents appear to have an easier working from home experience (50%) than their male counterparts (35%). This not only suggests they may be more adept at the art of flexible working but could be more likely to continue working from home after the pandemic too.”

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here


The much awaited iTWire Shop is now open to our readers.

Visit the iTWire Shop, a leading destination for stylish accessories, gear & gadgets, lifestyle products and everyday portable office essentials, drones, zoom lenses for smartphones, software and online training.

PLUS Big Brands include: Apple, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sennheiser and many more.

Products available for any country.

We hope you enjoy and find value in the much anticipated iTWire Shop.



iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.


Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous




Guest Opinion

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News