On Sunday, the British Prime Minister turned to the country to determine the next steps in the national blockade imposed in March to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Social distance measures have forced around 20 million people to work from home, and with only 1.7 people working from home in the UK in December 2019, the change in habits caused by the pandemic appears to be even more seismic.
But while many people look forward to being able to relax through safety rules to see their family and friends again, there is one thing most people in the UK don’t look forward to: going back to the office. Instead of worrying about when they will return to work, 91% of Britons hope that they will still be able to work from home if restrictions are relaxed.
A new national survey by Eskenzi PR and OnePoll shows that a third of respondents prefer to continue working from home, every day or four days a week (31%). Just under a third of the respondents are at the other end of the spectrum and do not want to work more than one day a week from home (25%). However, for more than a third of people (35%) the dream scenario would be to choose a house on the other side of the world and work at home for half a week. In any case, only 9% of them want to work full-time at the office, which means that 91% of the total workforce wants to work from home.
There are many reasons for this change in mentality, including the time wasted on commuting. More than half of the respondents (54.19%) even agree that this is the main reason for their preference for a work culture at a distance. However, it seems that the older the population, the more relevant it is. The problem was mentioned more than 20% more often among over 55s than among 18 to 24-year-olds. The second most cited response was a quieter place to work from home (44.92%).
It is interesting to note that 38.41% of respondents had the opportunity to change jobs, which is greater than the ability to work more productively (35.98%) or feel less stressed (34%) at home. In fact, it is also higher than the time spent with the family (28.48%).
This research shows that, for the first time in their lives, people have tasted the taste of working from home and that they enjoy it because they are more relaxed, do not have to travel and can spend time with their families and pets. Interestingly, a third of respondents feel that an ideal working week is better if they spend half of their time at home and half of their time at the office. It can only be hoped that this remarkable experience of teleworking has shown employers that they can be sure that their employees can work just as productively from home, especially as this seems to have positive effects on their wellbeing and on the environment. It can also have a positive effect on the productivity and profitability of companies, because they need less office space with fewer employees, according to Yvonne Eskenzi PR, founder and owner of Eskenzi.remote working statistics 2019 uk,is remote working effective,remote working statistics 2018,remote working uk,remote working statistics europe,work from home employee survey,facts about working from home,everyone will work from home in the future