The Dutch are more positive about working from home, expect less air travel


The Dutch are more positive about working from home and meeting remotely than at the beginning of the corona crisis. This was revealed on Tuesday by a study by the Knowledge Institute for Mobility Policy (KiM). The respondents also say that they expect to travel structurally less by public transport and by plane.

With regard to working from home, people’s attitudes have changed in several ways compared to a few months ago. Not only are more people positive about working from home (71 percent versus 61 percent at the end of March / beginning of April), the number of people working from home has also decreased by a few percentage points (from 54 percent to 48 percent of all workers). At the beginning of the crisis, about a quarter of the home workers thought they would continue to work (partially) at home after the pandemic, but now about 45 percent of the people who work from home feel the same way.

Remote meetings will probably also continue. More than half (55 percent) of respondents who meet remotely consider this as productive as physical meetings. About 60 percent of people who meet remotely believe they will continue to make video calls after the crisis; at the beginning of the crisis it was still 35 percent.

Disadvantages of working from home are also experienced. More than a third of home workers, for example, have trouble finding a good balance between private and working time. 17 percent experience physical complaints. Slightly more than one in ten of the home workers have psychological complaints from working from home.

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Continuously flying less

According to KiM, the travel behavior of Dutch people will also change permanently. Almost a third of respondents who used public transport before the crisis say they will make less use of it in the future. Only 8 percent think they will make more use of public transport. Respondents were more likely to cycle, walk and ride mopeds and cars. The public transport is also experienced as unpleasant because of the obligation to wear a mask.

The holidays are also going to change. This year, 57 percent of Dutch people with holiday plans go on holiday in their own country. 40 percent stay within Europe and 3 percent visit a country outside. 64 percent of travelers who go abroad take the car. Only 28 percent travel by plane. In 2018 this was still 53 percent and 37 percent, respectively. About 38 percent of respondents who have flown at some point think they will continue to fly less in the future (versus 20 percent at the start of the crisis).

At the beginning of the crisis (late March and early April), KiM asked more than 2,000 Dutch people about their experience with working from home, their travel behavior, wearing face masks and their holiday plans. In late June and early July, the same group was asked the same questions to see what changes have occurred.

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