Remote working has negative impact on third of UK workforce

A third (33%) of UK workers have said that changes to their work routine, including working from home, have had a negative effect on their wellbeing this year.

According to a survey, less than half (48%) of the UK’s remote workforce said they felt supported in the transition to working outside of the office, and one in four said that their employer has not looked after their wellbeing.

The sentiment could have a knock-on effect on retention in the year ahead as the vast majority (87%) of employees agreed that having their wellbeing taken care of makes them more likely to stay with a business.

Rapidly adapting to the challenges of the pandemic, employers were initially optimistic about the positive impact remote work was having on productivity, and employees responded well to more flexibility.

As the year has progressed though, the conversation has now turned to concerns about poor mental health and employees suffering with burnout.

There was also an indication that some people have adapted the ‘new normal’ way of working, as the number of employees that reported feeling stressed decreased by 6%, down to 41%.

Twenty-five per cent of respondents also said that they are appreciating the value of their mental and physical wellbeing more since the outbreak.

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