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Over half of UK are happy working from home indefinitely

28 October 2020

A NEW survey of 1,000 office workers reveals how the nation is feeling about working from home once more. In accordance with the revised government guidance, many UK workers are packing up their desks and heading back home.

The research carried out by Moneypenny, the outsourced communication provider, revealed that over half (54%) of UK office workers are happy to continue working from home for as long as necessary. 30% stated they are happy to work from home, however, do miss the office. After the relaxing of the original COVID-19 measures, 70% of the UK workforce headed back to the office, 47% of those on a full-time basis. 

Furthermore, 47% returned on a part-time basis, splitting their time between working from home and the office. 6% of workers were also introduced to staggered hours. 

West Midlands’ office workers (41%) were the most likely to go back to the office full time. On the other hand, those in Yorkshire (20%), were least likely to go back. Now, with COVID-19 infection rate rising, workers have been advised to work from home wherever possible. 

37% of those originally returned to the office, have now reverted to working from home once more. When looking at the regional data, 57% of office workers in the South East have now returned to working from home. Yorkshire saw the lowest occurrence of this activity with 26%.

Furthermore, 42% of Yorkshire workers stated they were awaiting preparations allowing them to return to working from home. On the whole, 21% of workers have stated they will continue to work in the office. 

Those in the North East (30%) and East Midlands (31%) revealed that they too, were staying put in the office environment. With over half of the UK stating they are happy to continue to work from home, the survey shows why working from home is the more preferable option for many. On the whole, the findings revealed that 59% enjoy not spending time and money on the commute. 

Secondly, being able to dress in casual clothes was another popular aspect of not working in an office (52%). 26% stated that not having to wear make-up was another advantage of working from home.

The freedom to decide when breaks were taken was another favourable choice with respondents, 42% stated this was the best aspect of working from home. 

Personal factors, such as more time to spend with a partner or children (31%) or more time spent with pets (26%) were also popular choices amongst respondents On the other hand, there were some elements of the office that workers missed. 39% stated that they miss their colleagues. Interestingly, 4% miss their work husband/wife, however, the vast majority (90%) said they were in contact with them socially at least once a month. A further 9% miss their office chair. 7% miss their desk and other office environment aspects. 10% of UK office workers found working from home to be difficult, 14% confessed to being less productive without an “office routine”.

The study also highlighted what workers would incorporate into the office after their work from home experience.  22% of workers stated upon return to the office, they would take their dog with them, similarly, 17% shared that they would take their cat. 

35% in the future, would like a comfortable dress code. Furthermore, 11% would like to continue wearing their pyjamas and 12% slippers.

In addition, office workers gardens and views would be also missed. 20% say they will miss the garden, and 11% of workers wish to take their view with them upon return to the office. However, 19% said they would not take anything back to the office from their working from home routine.