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Poll: Maryland residents working from home among happiest in nation

Best Work-From-Home Essentials 2020
Posted at 12:55 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-19 14:48:36-05

BALTIMORE — Maryland residents are among the happiest to be working from home according to a poll by

The lifestyle website surveyed 3,000 employees nationwide.

Maryland workers averaged 7.2 out of 10 on the happy scale compared to the 6.6 national average.

South Dakota placed first at 9 out of 10, while West Virginia was rated least happy at 4.5.

Broken down by profession, the happiest at-home workers are in the law industry, which came back at 7.1 out of 10.

IT workers are apparently not so happy, finishing last at 4.9.

Nearly two-thirds say they put in more hours of work each day working from home than in the office.

Over half take fewer breaks than they would going to work.

More than three-quarters said they take fewer sick days when working at home.

"It sounds like productivity and happiness are on the up when people WFH," says Alex Coleman from "Perhaps when the worst of the pandemic is over, companies will look at a flexible solution, allowing employees to have the best of both worlds; the convenience of working from home a few days a week, combined with the sociability of being back in the office for the rest of it."

Click here to see to the study results.