A survey has revealed that just 1 in 5 bosses will require staff to be at the office five days a week. Working from home at least three days a week is set to be the new normal.
According to The Mail Online:
Having three days at home and two in the office is set to become the new normal as a result of the pandemic.
Many big firms have already agreed the changes, while the Institute of Directors said two thirds of business leaders will allow remote working.
Roger Barker, the institute’s director of policy, said the pandemic had driven a revolution ‘greater than radical reform or regulation ever could have’.
And YouGov found just one in five bosses will require all staff to come in five days a week after the pandemic.
NatWest expects almost nine in ten staff to work at home while Asda said its employees could work from any location suited to their job.
There goes the UK’s High Streets. Jeff Bezos must be turning cartwheels. Millions will lose their jobs as a result of the disappearance of the high street. They won’t be redeployed. They’ll have nowhere to go.
There goes the mental wellbeing of the nation too. In an article in Forbes magazine last year, it was claimed that remote working is detrimental for the work-life balance. Bryan Robinson wrote:
A Doodle, survey of more than 1,100 U.S. employees also cited symptoms of burnout among employees. Key findings were:
- A full week of virtual meetings leaves 38% of employees feeling exhausted while 30% felt stressed.
- Performance anxiety and business pressures push employees into competitive mode. 63 % of employees were likely to record and re-watch their virtual meetings to help them become better presenters and strengthen their client relationships.
- Noise throws online meetings off-track and leads to miscommunication. 52 % of employees said background noise and/or poor audio quality disrupted their focus, while 23 % said it leads to miscommunication with clients. In particular, talking in the background (55%) and notification alerts (20 percent) are the two most disruptive types of background noise.
- Even if the future of work is remote, in-person client meetings will always be in demand. 40 % of employees are less likely to meet clients virtually once the government-imposed lock downs and social distancing rules have been lifted.
Most people I know have been working from home since April 2020. More than a few of them have told me that they are tired of it now. Even those with children, who saw an initial advantage to working from home, have had enough and want to get back to the office.
Your home is your refuge from work. For many, work can be stressful. Home is where we relax, switch off and detach from the pressures that work brings.
Now the line between work and home is blurred. It’s very difficult to leave work behind when you’re working in your living-room.