Hi-home, hi-home it’s off to work we go

Posted by Prospect‘s UK Team

 40% of Brits get more distracted when at home than in the workplace

  • Household chores and chatting to friends are the biggest distractions
  • 60% of Brits spend the work-at-home day in their pyjamas

 With big corporations such as HSBC and Virgin actively encouraging their employees to work from home, a new survey has found that nearly half of Brits (40%) spend their remote working hours doing personal tasks. And when they are doing the job in hand, 60% do so in their pyjamas.

A recent study finds that the number of people working from home has increased by a fifth in 10 years1 and home insurer, Together Mutual Insurance have conducted some new research to find out why people are working from home, in addition to how companies are having to chance to accommodate this trend.

The main reason employees dodge the workplace and opt to work from home is to avoid their commute – and with rail fares facing the biggest rise for five years2, this is no surprise. Additionally, over a third opt to work from home to avoid the distraction of their colleagues, allowing them to concentrate on their work. Meanwhile, nearly a quarter (23%) decide to stay home so that they can take a break whenever they feel like it, with nearly one in 10 taking advantage of a long lunch.

Of the 40% which get distracted when working from home, the causes of procrastination are as follows:

  • Doing household chores: 64%
  • Chatting to friends and family at home: 64%
  • Running personal errands: 60%

 

Looking at attitudes towards using the home as a workplace, more women (14%) than men (9%) expressed guilt about working remotely, but that still doesn’t stop 61% of women staying in their pyjamas all day, compared to only 53% of men.

Across the UK, the Welsh are the biggest culprits for keeping it casual – 70% admit to dressing down when at home. Interestingly, during video calls some3 workers only bother wearing smart attire on the visible parts of their body. When it comes to missing out, Yorkshire residents have the most FOMO on office shenanigans (17%) whereas those in the South West are far happier to get away from the office, with only a handful4 worrying about missing out on office life.

The survey also reveals that 20% of Brits would work from home more if it were not for their company putting a limit on the number of days allowed, suggesting that businesses are limiting their employees’ productivity and flexibility.

Jon Craven, CEO of Together Mutual Insurance said: “With the average Brit working from home 13-days a year, companies are having to accommodate for this with equipment and remote-working friendly IT systems. Our findings highlighted that the average person needs £2,097 worth of technology in order to work remotely and with 40% of people claiming to get distracted during work hours, it begs the question as to how beneficial remote working is for British businesses.”

 

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References and information:

 

Consumer research conducted by Censuswide surveyed 1,003 people who had the option to work from home by their employer in October 2017.

 

  1. https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/home-working-fifth-over-last-decade-tuc-analysis-reveals
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40922861
  3. 4% of people surveyed in the UK have sat on video calls half dressed
  4. 4% of people in the South West worry about missing out on office life

 

For more information, contact togethermutual@ready10.media or call 020 3897 0333

 

About Together Mutual Insurance

 

Together Mutual Insurance is owned by its policyholders, so we always put our customers first. We’re part of a company which has been looking after people’s homes for over 125 years. During this time, we’ve seen a lot of things and learned a lot about what homeowners and tenants need from their home insurance company. Our UK-only team is committed to providing quality cover, exceptional service and competitive premiums.

 

We specialise in Home Insurance – we believe in doing one thing and doing it well.

We offer Buildings Insurance which covers the physical structure of your home; Contents Insurance to cover personal possessions within your home – we can also extend your policy to include personal possessions you wish to take out of your home, e.g. cameras, jewellery, phones and tablets.  And if you want to cover both your Home – the building and everything within it – we offer Combined Buildings and Contents Insurance.