A nationwide study commissioned by Tech PR agency, Eskenzi PR, and carried out by OnePoll, observed the attitude amongst the UK workforce towards remote working and the increased use of video conferencing tools.
The survey of a thousand individuals found that software such as Skype, Zoom and Teams have helped to lessen the impact of this abrupt change in circumstances. Indeed, six in 10 respondents feel ‘less stressed’ or are unaffected by the use of video conferencing whilst working from home. Rather, for many, this is a means of communicating efficiently from the comfort of their own homes.
On the whole, over a third (35 per cent) of respondents would prefer to continue working from home for two to three days a week following the alleviation of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Among other motivations for this decision, many cited a reduction in stress levels. One in three individuals feel less stressed whilst remote working, almost half of respondents believe their homes are a more relaxing work environment and a further 36 per cent consider themselves to be more productive.
These statistics appear to suggest that our society is prime to transition into a split three-day week as suggested by the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). According to a report by the independent charity, the separation of an organisation’s workforce into A and B teams may go some way to resolving today’s economic woes. By having two groups that alternate their days in office, with some working from Monday to Wednesday and others from Thursday to Saturday, organisations can better manage social distancing and the spread of coronavirus; all whilst restoring economic activity. Moreover, this three-day week could also be pivotal in enabling a greater eco-friendly society by helping to reduce congestion on roads and encourage more people to cycle to work. This alternative working arrangement could even facilitate a more connected and improved society as individuals use the extra time to learn new skills or volunteer.
Yvonne Eskenzi, Founder and CEO of Eskenzi PR commented: “Coronavirus was our wake-up call. For years, we have ignored signs of global warming, growing economic inequalities and rising mental health issues. Our society has prioritised profit over sustainable and responsible growth. Having now been forced, en masse, to work from home, we might have inadvertently been offered our saving grace. This study has shown that remote working ‘works’ and, more importantly, it can have a positive impact on people’s well-being, the community as a whole as well as the environment.”
On 25th June at 11am, FMJ Editor, Sara Bean, will be joined online by a panel of industry experts to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the workplace and the new normal for operations. The 60-minute roundtable is hosted by leading outsourced communications provider, Moneypenny. Head of Operations, Ceri Henfrey, will reveal the company’s return-to-work strategy and explore how Moneypenny has supported business continuity since the outbreak.
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