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60% of working-from-home Brits spend day in pyjamas while 40% admit to getting distracted

Working from home (iStock)
Working from home (iStock)

WITH big corporations such as HSBC and Virgin actively encouraging their employees to work from home, a new survey has found that nearly half of Brits (40%) spend their remote working hours doing personal tasks.

And when they are doing the job in hand, 60% do so in their pyjamas.

A recent study finds that the number of people working from home has increased by a fifth in 10 years and home insurer, Together Mutual Insurance have conducted some new research to find out why people are working from home, in addition to how companies are having to chance to accommodate this trend.

The main reason employees dodge the workplace and opt to work from home is to avoid their commute.

Additionally, over a third opt to work from home to avoid the distraction of their colleagues, allowing them to concentrate on their work.

Meanwhile, nearly a quarter (23%) decide to stay home so that they can take a break whenever they feel like it, with nearly one in 10 taking advantage of a long lunch.

Of the 40% which get distracted when working from home, the causes of procrastination are as follows:

  • Doing household chores: 64%
  • Chatting to friends and family at home: 64%
  • Running personal errands: 60%

While they’re ticking off tasks, 61% of women and 53% of men stay in their pyjamas all day.

During video calls some workers only wear smart attire on the visible parts of their body.

The survey also reveals that 20% of Brits would work from home more if it were not for their company putting a limit on the number of days allowed.

Jon Craven, CEO of Together Mutual Insurance said: “With the average Brit working from home 13-days a year, companies are having to accommodate for this with equipment and remote-working friendly IT systems.

“Our findings highlighted that the average person needs £2,097 worth of technology in order to work remotely and with 40% of people claiming to get distracted during work hours, it begs the question as to how beneficial remote working is for British businesses.”