As mentioned, the ability of some sectors to work from home, for extended periods of time, is due in no small part to advancements in technology – from laptops, to home broadband, to smartphones. And this is something that is clearly highlighted in our survey responses. Only 8% of respondents stated that a ‘lack of resources’ was the main drawback of working from home, suggesting that the vast majority of professionals have the tools and tech they need to work comfortably.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of respondents (73%) stated that their laptop or computer was the most important device for working from home. For so many in service industries, it is the primary tool in the office and is incredibly easy to transfer work from one device to another; or in the case of a laptop, to simply bring it home with you!
Nearly 1 in 5 of the people surveyed highlighted their smartphone as the most important piece of tech for remote working – demonstrating just how mobile tech has developed in recent years – while only 5% stated that their tablet device was most important for working from home.
While technology allows a lot of workers to seamlessly perform tasks from home, it isn’t without its own disadvantages. One of the biggest issues with the COVID-19 lockdown and increase in remote working is that people are spending more and more time ‘at work’. Not only does this create a poor work-life balance as discussed, but it also means that individuals are spending more time in front of screens, which can have a negative impact on health. Indeed, a third of all respondents to the survey indicated that, since working from home for an extended period of time, their screen time has increased ‘significantly’, while another 32% stated that it had increased in some capacity. By contrast, only 6.6% said that their screen time has decreased by any amount.
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From our survey results it’s clear to see that working from home does have a significant impact on the ways we work – from health and balance, to general productivity. And in this time of collective crisis, it’s important that individuals, as well as business owners, can find ways to alleviate some of the negative impacts in order to continue providing great service in a safe and comfortable environment.