Remote working isn’t as easy as you think

Around 4.2 million of us currently enjoy the benefits of remote working – that’s 13.9% of the entire UK workforce, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

And while we regular readers will know we’re right behind remote working, it’s not always as easy as it should be, especially if you have to work from a coffee shop, or don’t quite have the right set up at home.

This infographic from Turnstone, designers of inspiring office furniture, highlights the problems faced by anyone working away from the office.

The trouble with remote working

A survey of 2,022 adults across the United States, the report found that almost three-quarters (71%) of employed workers work remotely at times, and nearly two-thirds (64%) of workers were found to be most productive when they worked from home. But this dropped dramatically to 18% when using a co-working space, and just 6% when working from a coffee shop (6%).

And while the accepted wisdom is that remote working is good for productivity, this study found that frequently working away from the office actually had a detrimental effect on productivity levels. This is a statistic that’s all the more concerning – from an employer’s perspective, at least – by the fact that a FlexJobs study reported that almost two-third (64%) of companies don’t have formal remote working policy and only 3% of organisations measure performance, engagement, and productivity to quantify ROI.

So if you don’t monitor the performance of your remote workforce, it may be high time you did.

More than seven out of 10 (72%) reported having some problems when working outside the office, with over a third (35%) complaining phone conversations could be difficult to hear and keep up with, while more than a quarter (26%) cited limited WiFi/internet access.

The absence of printing facilities was a problem for a quarter (25%) of those surveyed, while just under a quarter (24%) struggled to connect to company servers.

If you’ve ever had problems when working from home, a co-working space, or a coffee shop, see if any of this sounds familiar…

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