40% Of Staff Think WFH Badly Impacted Corporate Culture
UNITED KINGDOM – A recent research suggests that corporate culture has deteriorated because of working from home (WFH), with 40 percent of 1,000 surveyed staff in the country saying so, reported Human Resources Online on Friday noon (6 August, SGT).
On the other hand, 26 percent of the respondents think that telecommuting has helped improve corporate culture, while 34 percent saw no change.
Moreover, 9 percent of the polled staff said they want to telecommute once per week. 13 percent prefer to alternate between working in the office and working from home, whereas a similar percentage want to return to their workplace full-time. 23 percent favour working from home full-time, while 41 percent would want to work remotely 2 or 3 times per week.
The study also found that the most cited problem of working from home is getting distracted by family and friends (21 percent), followed by difficulty in staying focused (18 percent) and social isolation (16 percent).
In addition, the lack of a dedicated workspace at home merged as a top concern. While 34 percent of the respondents have an office room at their house, 44 percent performed work at the kitchen table or dining room. 16 percent worked on a sofa, while 8 percent had to do it in bed.
60 percent of the respondents also said they were more productive while telecommuting, with 61 percent stating they were productive for over 6 hours per day. However, 53 percent of them said that WFH has led to longer work hours, whereas 59 percent disclosed that they took more breaks while working remotely.
Asked what they missed most about working in the office, 41 percent of the surveyed staff shared that they missed interacting with their co-workers. 21 percent also said that WFH has negatively affected their mental health.
Given the above figures, 40 percent of the respondents believe that their firm may no longer need a brick-and-mortar office space.