HOMEWORKING SURVEY RESULTS: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

Published: 26 April 2021

It’s been over a year now since many of us have been working from home and as things slowly start to return to normal, we take a look at what you’ve loved and loathed about setting up camp at the kitchen table.

We reveal the findings of our ‘Tech Challenges’ survey, which asked people what they have struggled with and also enjoyed about home working.

The negatives

  • Two-thirds miss having colleagues around
  • Nearly half (49%) have found there to be too many distractions working from home
  • Over a third (37%) don’t like the lack of structured routine to the day
  • More than half (53%) have missed physical meetings

The positives

  • 51% feel they are more productive
  • 91% spend less time travelling/commuting to work
  • Nearly 6/10 (57%) enjoy a quieter working environment
  • 70% like wearing fewer formal clothes

The IT challenges

  • 43% have experienced IT/tech difficulties over the past year
  • 45% say Wi-Fi isn’t as good at home as in the office and nearly half (46%) struggle sharing Wi-Fi with other household members
  • 44% have problems using online video platforms (Zoom, Microsoft Teams)
  • Only a quarter have security concerns whilst working from home, with 34% saying they have difficulty with data management
  • More than half (56%) don’t have the right workspace

From the results of our research, we have also developed a series of Lifeline IT tech podcasts that we will be launching in May, covering everything from the dream desk set-up and the best tech gadgets, through to a ‘how to’ guide on coding for kids.

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