Workers who work from home even part of the time use connected devices for more hours than those workers who never work remotely. The gap in hours is substantial, nearly 50% higher among American remote workers and even higher among those in Germany, Japan, and the UK.
In addition to direct productivity gains by reducing time for commuting and preparing to be in a workplace, remote workers can also spend more time using devices to do their work and to communicate and collaborate with others. Also, the occupations with higher rates of remote work tend to be information-based. Conversely, those workers who never work remotely often have occupations that require an in-person presence, which may preclude the use of connected devices.
This MetaFAQ reports the average (mean) number of weekly device hours among workers in the US, Germany, UK, Japan, and China, with devices including work computers, home computers, smartphones, and tablets. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1229_prot] in TUP Lenses: Devices; User Profile; Work/Life Balance