95% of remote workers stream content while working, a new study reveals

October 3rd 2022, 12:36:11 pm
Working from home has become an important benefit that people look for when applying for jobs, for many different reasons. For some, it provides a better work-life balance. For others, it’s more logistically sensible for their lifestyle.
  • 50% of remote employees admitted to streaming movies during work hours.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 employees said they stream content during the workday because they feel underpaid.
  • 25% of employees said they’ve been late to work to finish watching a show.

According to a new study, nearly half of employees said they stream three hours during the workday, at least three days per week.

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The study by The Streamable surveyed 1,000 work-from-home employees to find out why employees stream content during their workday, how many people do it and how often. The full report dives into greater detail, breaking down what type of content workers are streaming, why they stream content during the workday, and how workers vs managers view the impact of streaming during work on productivity.

Findings from the report showed that (28%) of employees said they streamed a show during a meeting, while (26%) said they accidentally missed a meeting altogether because they were caught up in a TV show they were streaming. The study also found that the highest number of hours per day that respondents reported streaming was three to four (39%), with (35%) saying they stream content for one to two hours a day.

Regarding what type of content workers are streaming, the report noted that movies were by far the most common type of content streamed at work, with (50%) of respondents admitting to watching films during the workday. Netflix was the top streaming service for movies (52%), followed by Amazon Prime Video (44%). TV shows were the second most common streamed content at 40%, while 38% said they watched live TV. A notable (33%) of respondents said they streamed content primarily on a work device.

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When asked why they stream content at work, (68%) said it makes their workday more enjoyable, while (65%) found it relaxing. (44%) even said they do it because it makes them more focused.

The report concludes that employers who still penalise workers for streaming content at work may have to reevaluate their position on these matters, as there certainly seems to be a correlation between people’s job satisfaction and the fact that they watch TV, movies, and other content during the day.

“As attitudes around working change and the work-life balance become more of a priority for people, there’s no question that workers will be streaming more in the future while on the job,” the report stated.

Victor Oluwole
Head and Editor at Business Insider Africa


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