Prior to the pandemic working from home was rare and not the standard, when lockdown hit in March 2020 working from home dramatically increased overnight with 30% of UK Workers working from home.
The graph below shows the percentage of the population who were working from home.
With remote working still happening now for a large percentage of workers, there is likely to be some downsides. Here we look at some of the cons of working from home:
Research has shown that the overuse of collaboration tools like Teams and Zoom has led UK remote workers to make more errors. Loneliness and isolation are the largest reported concern amongst remote workers, symptoms of isolation include increased stress levels and bad decision making.
In the survey conducted by Kantar Research and commissioned by Sapphire Systems, 1323 adults who use Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Cisco Webex during the COVID pandemic were questioned.
Chris Gabriel, Chief Strategy Officer at Sapphire, said: “With British companies already facing a perfect storm of the Great Resignation, a skills shortage, and an inflation crisis, this survey shows that workers want their company to help them reduce the confusion, exclusion, and mistakes all of which is diluting productivity and causing frustration.
“They want to work faster and smarter, with one-in-five already asking to be given personal digital robotic assistants to automate repetitive day-to-day tasks. It is clear, workers want more investment in the tools that take them forward faster into a new era of digital productivity.”
In conclusion employers should be more diligent in making sure their work from home employees are happy and not stressed, as this will lead to mistakes and feeling of isolation among them.
Some things employers could do to improve their employees work from home life are:
Date: May 16, 2022