Most remote workers want their employer to cover home internet costs

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As employees around the world made the transition to working from home (opens in new tab), slow internet was one of the main factors that prevented them from being as productive as they could be according to a new study.

To learn more about why remote worker struggle when it comes to productivity, (opens in new tab) surveyed 1,000 American workers who currently work or have worked from home to discover that 80 percent of them say that their internet connection (opens in new tab) prevented them from getting work done.

As remote work and hybrid work (opens in new tab) are quickly becoming the norm for many industries, two thirds (67%) of those surveyed think their employer should cover their internet costs while they work from home. At the same time, 75 percent say they would upgrade their internet plan (opens in new tab) if their employer provided them with a stipend.

While upgrading to high speed internet can help improve your connection, purchasing a new wireless router (opens in new tab) or placing Wi-Fi extenders (opens in new tab) around your home can also eliminate dead spots and help you get more done when working from home.

Bad work from home habits

In addition to slow internet speeds, Americans working from home also picked up a number of bad habits that made it difficult for them to stay productive while working from home.

As many struggle with their work-life balance when working remotely, the survey also found that over half of respondents added fake meetings to their calendars or faked a bad internet connection to turn off their webcam (opens in new tab) while video conferencing (opens in new tab) in order to catch a break.

When it came to bad habits, three quarters (77%) of those surveyed admitted to using their work computer (opens in new tab) to check social media or to shop online during company time. Surprisingly, just over half (51%) of respondents also said they played video games or spent their day watching content on streaming services (opens in new tab) instead of working.

Although working from home has its perks, it also has its challenges and to get more done, remote workers should try out the wide range of productivity tools (opens in new tab) now available or even consider using time management apps (opens in new tab) to keep better track of their days.

We've also featured the best hybrid working tech (opens in new tab) and best video conferencing software (opens in new tab)

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.