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The last few years have seen the trend for remote working really take off – ONS figures show that from September 2022 to January 2023, almost half (44%) of employees worked from home or did hybrid work.

But if you do spend some of your working week at home, are there any implications as far as insurance claims are concerned? And are we now all more at risk from insurers not paying out on home insurance claims?

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Back in 2016, there were more than three million workers whose commute took longer than two hours a day. The pandemic and a switch to hybrid working have changed the routine for many of us, and the latest figures from studies by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) show that average commuting times are on the up.

We all know that getting to and from work can be an inconvenience, but did you know it can actually be bad for your health?

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On the face of it, working from home is the eco-friendly way to do the nine-to-five. There’s no commute, no office energy consumption, and everyone is in control of their own energy efficiency. This also seems to have been proven by the fact that air quality improved massively when we were all locked down in 2020.

But the reality isn’t quite that straightforward. And what about those soaring household energy bills being added to by the extra burden of running work equipment during the day?

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Monday (January 16, 2023) is Blue Monday – said to be the most depressing day of the year. The reason it’s so glum? It’s the perfect storm of bad weather, post-Christmas debt levels, failing New Year’s resolutions, low motivation and distance from payday.

Although we’re no longer threatened with lockdowns, soaring energy prices and the cost of living crisis could conspire to make this one of the toughest we’ve faced.

If you work from home, your outlook can be even more gloomy as you’re stuck between the same four walls for the best part of every day, chasing invoices from work that you hoped would be paid before Christmas. If you’re suffering from work from home fatigue, our top tips to battle work from home burnout could come in handy.

Here are some top tips to help you beat the Blue Monday blues.

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If your business is planning Christmas drinks and parties while getting ready for the seasonal wind-down, the atmosphere around the office will be getting very Christmassy over the next couple of weeks. But spare a thought for those freelancers who work tirelessly all year but never get to see any of the fun stuff.

OK, they don’t have to contend with the commute or the office politics, and they can work in their pyjamas should the fancy take them, but that doesn’t mean those that work from home¬†should be left out of the festive revelry.

So, this year, why not get your freelancers involved in the festive fun?

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The Covid pandemic changed may well have changed the workplace forever – particularly office-base workplaces. With physical contact off-limits, many employees pivoted to working from home. This continued once lockdown restrictions and precautions ended, with many businesses now offering hybrid working as the norm.

This has meant more meetings are being held virtually, particularly via conference call or video call – but could the metaverse be about to change the landscape once more? One HR specialist thinks so.

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