Over 50 per cent of Brits feel they’re more productive and happier while working from home, according to a new survey from the Working from Home Show conducted among 1,334 people. Although about a third admitted to missing the physical interaction and contact with their work colleagues.
Over 70 per cent of employees would like to work from home on a permanent basis, with 65 per cent wanting to work from home more than three days per week.
Almost 70 per cent of employees said they are able to separate their professional tasks from their personal ones, while 83 per cent said that this remote working scenario is as good, or even better, for their health & wellbeing as being in the office. Only about a third (26 per cent) admitted to working longer hours at home.
The most enjoyable aspect of working from home according to 40 per cent of respondents is not having to commute to work, while just over 20 per cent chose flexible working hours as another top reason.
The survey also revealed that getting distracted (22 per cent), finding it hard to switch off from work (20 per cent), ergonomics, noisy neighbours and IT issues were the least pleasant aspects of working from home.
To tackle these challenges, employers said they require support in the transition to a remote workforce, needing advice on technology (34 per cent), guidance on best practices (19 per cent), help on managing productivity (19 per cent) and support on health and wellbeing (18 per cent).
Nick Noble, commercial and events directors at Future Plc, says, “One of the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis is that it has forced businesses and employees into a working from home scenario that they hadn’t previously thought possible or desirable. Our survey has offered us insights into their main drivers and motivations, but also challenges, and our new event will provide advice and guidance on how to respond effectively to this new remote working experience.”
The inaugural Working from Home Show, sponsored by garden rooms specialist Cabin Master, will take place virtually from 30-31 July 2020. It is free to attend, and companies and employees can pre-register at https://www.workingfromhomeshow.com/
The event will provide SMEs, corporate organisations, start-ups and individuals with the opportunity to discover the world of working from home. With insights from thought leaders, IT experts, HR professionals and successful working from home company case studies, the show will ensure businesses create an effective working from home culture.
Visitors will be able to browse the showcase of brands and services from 50 exhibitors and set up one-to-one conversations to ensure an effective remote working experience.
The conference stage will play host to three keynote and 25 speakers presenting on relevant key issues and how they have adopted working from home successfully.
Specialists include Chris Herd, founder & CEO of Firstbase, a platform that allows companies to supply and manage all the practical equipment remote workers need to do great work at home; Laurel Farrer, remote working strategist and advocate and founder of Distribute Consulting and the Remote Work Association; and Darren Murph, head of remote at GitLab, the world’s biggest remote company.
The masterclass stage will present top brands in the industry demonstrating their products and services, from connectivity to hardware, management tools and workspace options, alongside experienced editors who will be asking questions to find out what will help businesses run effective remote teams.
The networking lounge will enable visitors to join other delegates in scheduled sessions, network with their peers and attend discussions around the hot topics that will be debated during the event.
This article was written on behalf of Working From Home Show.