One third of UK workers state that their mental health is better working from home
A new survey from Specialist recruiter Randstad of UK workers stated that One third (31%) felt their mental health is better working from home.
However, the poll of over 600 UK jobseekers also discovered that a quarter (28%) of employees feel that their mental wellbeing is for the better when they are office-based.
In addition, research carried out by Finder.com revealed that 83% of employees feel they do not need an office to be productive.
Nearly 200 respondents agree that the ‘new normal’ of working from the comfort of their own home gave them better mental health with:
- fewer distractions,
- less commuting and a
- better work/life balance
working in the office
working from home
the same in either
Additional research also found that remote workers are not only happier but they are also healthier than their office based counterparts, taking an average of 2.4 sick days a year as opposed to the 2.6 days taken by office based employees.
Previous research carried out by Randstad revealed that more than half of UK workers fear they could lose their jobs as a result of the COVID-19.
While some are excited for work-life to return to the new normal and get back to the office, other had the following fears:
fear of contracting the virus
loss of things gained during lockdown
unwanted interactions with certain colleagues
long uncomfortable commute
Flexibility has long proven to be a key contributor towards positive mental wellbeing, and this has been reinforced by the recent poll data with more respondents feeling more comfortable at home than in the office.
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