Remote working and working from home has been a dream for many people. They have always had positive images of what working from home could look like and how productive they would be working from home. The thoughts of not getting suited and booted each day, to sit on a train or be stuck in traffic for hours each day seemed like the ideal world for many people.
UK workers asked for remote working and flexible working opportunities as they had dreams of a happy work / life balance, spending more time with their family and enjoying the calming environment in the office.
A study by OwlLabs stated that people that worked from home at least once a month were 24% more likely to be happy and productive at their work. 86% of employees felt that they would feel less stressed if they were able to work remotely. Meanwhile, 77% of people believed their diet would improve if they worked from home.
But has this been the case with the current coronavirus pandemic lock down which has resulted in people having to work from home?
Coronavirus has definitely changed the way we look at working from home. However, is this because it was forced upon us quickly and with minimal time for preparation? For many businesses, processes were not put in place before lock down commenced. There is also no set date of an end in sight.
After just 8 weeks of working from home, some employees are feeling that working from home is not for them. The constant Zoom meetings, continuous communication with colleagues and starting work earlier or finishing later is not the dream of WFH that many people had.
The biggest issue of remote working for many employees is shutting off. In fact research shows that 22% of remote workers struggle to shut off and make the most of their free time. Meanwhile, 19% of employees struggle with a feeling of loneliness when they are working from home away from their work colleagues.
Financial Review completed research recently which found cases of remote working employee burnout were already on the rise before the coronavirus lock down. This is because of the blurred lines between work and home life.
While some employees found the initial period of working from home like a honeymoon as they were away from the daily grind and spending more time with family, this soon changed. At the end of the day, working from home, many employees are feeling exhausted from working longer hours, while feeling that they have achieved nothing during their long day at work.
Are your team enjoying working from home, or are you experiencing some issues?
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