Survey shows more than half of us are still working from kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms
A survey of 1,000 UK employees, which was conducted by office solutions supplier Fellowes Brands, recently found that only four out of ten people (42%) working from home do so from a home office, with the remainder working from the kitchen or dining room (21%), their lounge (19%) or their bedroom (17%).
Only 32% of people say working from home is more productive, compared to 36% who say they are more productive in the office and 30% who say a hybrid arrangement makes them productive. Seven out of ten employees expect employers to provide the correct equipment for working from home.
Furthermore, the study has also found that 81% say having a good ergonomic environment, including a suitable desk, chair, and monitor at eye level, is important to their productivity. Whether working from home or the office, nine in ten employees (89%) rate satisfaction in their workspace as important, with a third (32%) saying they are up to 50% more productive when they are satisfied with their workspace.
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“The future of work is hybrid. No longer is working solely relegated to the company office; the modern workspace now involves employees splitting a portion of their time working from within the corporate office, and a portion working from the home office,” shares productivity expert, Martin Geiger.
He continues, “Throughout my career working with some of the world’s biggest companies, one thing I’ve come to notice is that the most productive people all seem to have one commonality: satisfaction. To successfully transition to this exciting hybrid working future, employers must implement practical strategies that allow their employees to be satisfied with the setup within the corporate office, as well as within their home working environment.”
Jeremy Cooper, Fellowes Brands UK Marketing Manager, adds: “The modern workspace is rapidly evolving, and with that comes a change in the tools that employees need to be successful and productive in their work. As employers begin to design new hybrid ways of working, ensuring that employers outfit their employees for both corporate and home office working will be key.”
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