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New research offers insight into American’s dependency on powered tech devices at work and home, particularly as many shift into a new hybrid and/or remote work landscape.
Whether out and about or working remote, reliance on a fully powered device is both expected and absolutely necessary for many. So much so, that a gradual or sudden loss of power is often accompanied by a substantial degree of stress, along with personal and/or professional consequences.
To explore this topic in greater depth, the team at Omnicharge commissioned a survey of 2,000 U.S adults to understand dependency on personal and work-related devices, in and outside of the home.
Dependency on fully powered devices is high; laptops are rarely unplugged
For many, a (charged) device is more than a peripheral. It’s ingrained in the daily routine, and may even be attached or right next to us most of the time. Whether it’s needed for social messaging and scrolling or for professional purposes, the prospect of going without, even for short periods of time, is often hard to fathom.
The impact of high device dependency
Interestingly, over 1 in 10 would drop everything to go home to get a charger for their phones, laptops, and tablets. In fact, 26% would sit in their car to charge their cell phone until it is powered up.
The dreaded battery icon
Most can recall a time or situation when they were stranded without device power, most often occurring at the most inconvenient times and places.
Losing power can cause sky-high stress
Percentage of Americans reporting stress, by scenario.
Access to power essential to productivity while working from home
As many shifted from an office to home work setting over the past year, establishing a routine and set-up offering a similarly productive workplace environment has been critical. Not surprisingly, access to power, whether it’s via outlet or portable device tops the list.
The Most Important Tech For Remote Work Productivity:
A need for reliable power is critical, particularly as work laptops don’t tend to maintain power for a full workday, and frequently die.
Amount of time work laptop maintains battery power while working remotely:
Frequency of laptop dying completely:
Remote employees want remote-friendly perks
Among an array of potential telework options, home tops the list for the place remote employees want to plug in for the working day - perhaps due to the fact that it’s where accessing power is most reliable and convenient.
Convenience of access to an outlet for charging work-related devices at the following locations:
While some confess to squandering work time with personal interests, even more report a disruption of signal or power during the work day, both of which could potentially be avoided by utilizing prime utility services available.
Scenarios experienced while working remotely:
When looking for a new (remote) opportunity, access to power is only outranked by a flexible schedule.
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