Worryingly, 40% of employees report feeling disconnected to their business and culture while working from home. It is clear that being away from the usual sights and sounds of the business can lead to connections with businesses faltering.
Coupled with the fact that a staggering 60% of employees also report that their employers haven’t done anything to keep colleagues connected while working remotely; it is hardly surprising that 2 in 5 feel disconnected.
Something as simple as a Zoom quiz, virtual coffee morning or online teambuilding exercise can go a long way in ensuring employees maintain their bond and pride for their employer.
Challenges of WFH
Working from home is not for everyone, and the challenges it brings are plentiful. In our survey, 40% of respondents cited the blurring of boundaries between work and home as the biggest challenge. This was followed closely by too many distractions at home (20%) and poor workspace and equipment (20%).
As we continue to live, work, exercise and socialise in our homes, it is easy for some employees to feel like the days are merging into one. Encourage your team to (if they can) distinguish between the spaces where they work and where they live. Be sure to offer any equipment they may need to make their home office – wherever it is in their home – as comfortable as possible.
The perks of WFH
Despite the inherent challenges that working from home can bring, employees find certain aspects of it beneficial to their personal lives, with 35% of respondents enjoying no commute. Research commissioned by the Trades Union Congress reported that employees’ average daily commuting time is just shy of 59 minutes. In the space of a year, this adds up to a staggering 221 hours spent commuting to and from the workplace.
Having been given this time back to spend with their families, to relax before and after work, practise hobbies or have the time to have a proper breakfast; this improved work-life balance will only stand to motivate your employees further without the stresses of commuting.
Similarly, 20% of respondents cite the flexibility that working from home brings as the most significant benefit of working from home. Tasks such as the school run, waiting in for a contractor or even running errands during the day become much easier to balance while working remotely.
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