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Study: Utah has fifth-highest percentage of remote workers among states

Sep 29, 2021, 10:21 AM

SALT LAKE CITY — Here we are 18 months into the COVID pandemic and if you’re working from home, it’s the new norm, right?

Just where does Utah stack up to the rest of the country when it comes to remote work?

A company called Teamflow just released a report showing Utah ranks No. 5 in the nation for the number of remote workers.

More than 32% of adults in Utah said they live in a house where someone makes their office close to where they make their bed – that’s over 737,000 homes that are now workspaces.

Massachusetts and Maryland top the list with over 37% reporting remote work, so Utah is right up there.

(Teamworks)

States with most people working from home

  1. Maryland — 37.4%
  2. Massachusetts — 37%
  3. Colorado — 32.7%
  4. New Jersey — 32.7%
  5. Utah — 32.1%
  6. Washington — 31.8%
  7. Virginia — 31.7%
  8. Minnesota — 31.6%
  9. California — 30.2%
  10. Illinois — 28.8%

Avoiding burnout while working from home

An industrial psychologist who advises Fortune 500 companies told CNBC that there are three things remote workers should do to avoid burnout because nearly nine in 10 who work from home are struggling with the work/home balance, isolation and the lack of in-person validation.

First, make time to recharge. Try to separate your work from your home, even though they share the same space. Take a few minutes to step away, go for a walk or watch an episode of your favorite show.

Second, rewrite your to-do list with manageable, short-term goals — things that can give you a sense of accomplishment.

And finally, try tackling a new project.

Burnout comes when employees don’t feel like their contributions really matter, so mix it up.

Some experts predict that 70% of the workforce in the U.S. will be working at least one remote week per month by 2025 so working from home isn’t going anywhere and may be the way of the workforce world within just a few years, meaning it’s important to adapt.

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