What’s affecting remote workers?

Almost half (45%) of workers feel more productive when working from home – great news for any business owners who’ve had to turn to a remote workforce during lockdown.

It’s not all good news though, as just over a third (34%) felt they were more productive in the office, while 21% report there’s been no change in their productivity levels, according to a survey and report from SellCell, the online tech selling platform.

The study took the views of more than 200,000 US telecommuters aged between 23 and 60, 49% of which were male and 51% female.

Although a sizeable amount of workers felt being at home hindered their productivity, the big takeaway for any business owners considering offering employees the opportunity to work from home post-lockdown has to be that two-thirds (66%) either felt it improved their productivity or had no negative effects on it.

What’s troubling telecommuters most?

To help get a handle of what’s affecting productivity, the report also looked at the things that are troubling telecommuters the most, and putting them off doing their work. Here’s what we learned:

Social media is an issue

More than half (54%)m of workers admit to scrolling through social media during working hours, so it’s hardly surprising that social media is the number one distraction for people working from home. Almost two-thirds (62%) citing it as the main hindrance to their productivity.

Loneliness is also an issue

A lack of social interaction was cited as the worst thing about working from home by more than half (56%) of respondents. This doesn’t appear to be the case for the one-in-five (20%) who admit to making love to their partners while on work time.

Home is where the bad habits are

It seems being at home also breeds some bad habits, such as poor eating habits (33%) and a loss of self-discipline (26%) – this could explain why more than a third (39%) admits to drinking more after work than they did before lockdown.

Nearly half complain that they struggle to make the distinction between home and work life (44%) while almost a fifth (18%) admit to working longer hours.

And because face-to-face meetings are pretty much a thing of the past, almost half (48%) have stopped taking a morning shower, while two-thirds (66%) prefer staying in pajamas over getting dressed for work.

Working at home also has had adverse impacts on the daily routine of employees, including changes in sleep patterns (63%) and exercise routine (76%).

For the full breakdown of results, visit https://www.sellcell.com/blog/survey-eight-in-10-remote-workers-admit-to-slacking-off-at-work/

How a conference call can help telecommuters

The post-lockdown world will be one of social distancing, which means that there’s a good chance you won’t be able to have everyone in the office all at once. And that’s where ConferenceCall.co.uk can help.

You only need a landline or smartphone to use our conference call service – no risk of your conversation lagging, freezing or dropping out completely – and it allows for a conversation between up to 100 participants on any one call, from anywhere in the world.