Lockdown | Woman's VIRAL work hack highlights poor state of WFH

Woman's VIRAL work hack highlights poor state of WFH

A woman’s work-from-home hack has gone viral after sharing that she uses an ironing board as her own adjustable desk – the Daily Record reported.

After becoming fed up of working from the floor amid the pandemic, the Edinburgh-based charity worker called Mary said she came up with the space-saving idea.

The charity worker purchased a desk at the start of lockdown, which ended up being used by her husband, and she said she didn’t want to fork out for another one.

Speaking to the publication, she said: “I was tired of working on the bed or on the floor.

“It just occurred to me. I thought what can I use to make a desk that’s available in my house?”

She settled on using an ironing board. As well as being height-adjustable, the household appliance is said to be large enough to accommodate a laptop, notebook and phone.

After finishing work for the day, Mary said that she is able to quickly pack it away and reclaim the space – something she said is “very handy indeed”.

She added: “…it’s much better than spending time on a sofa or bed”.

Brits still don’t have a desk while WFH almost a year on

While many social media users have branded this idea “genius” and a “great idea”, it could highlight that many still don’t have proper homeworking equipment almost a year into the pandemic.  

In fact, new research from Currys PC World and Canon has found that one-quarter of Brits are still working without a desk in 2021.

The 2,000-strong study of British workers found that many Brits don’t have their own office space, with 27% continuing to work from the living room, while one in ten work from the kitchen.

In addition to this, the study found that almost one-fifth (19%) say that they have a poor work set-up with a further 20% revealing that they don’t have a computer screen.

While not having the proper work-from-home set-up could hamper performance and productivity in the workplace, it could also have a negative impact on staff wellbeing too which is a cause of concern for HR and employers.

Last year workingmums.co.uk reported on the interim findings of a study by the Institute for Employment Studies which highlighted an increase in mental and physical health problems due to lockdown.

For example, at the time, over half of survey respondents reported new aches and pains, particularly in the neck (58%) and back (55%).

To help employees work more comfortably from home in light of the pandemic, some employers have recognised this and have given staff money towards their home office set-up.

For example, in May last year, the Silicon Valley tech giant Google announced that it would reimburse employees at the firm up to £814 ($1,000) to pay for equipment to help them work from home.

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