This new reality can put a strain on workers’ physical and mental health, as well as their productivity and ability to communicate effectively with colleagues.
Data from workers
- 75% of workers said they wanted to work from home more frequently after the pandemic ended.
- 36% said they were concerned about the long-term effects on mental health.
- 46% felt isolated working from home during the pandemic.
- More than 50% said they felt new pain or aches since the start of the lockdown.
This period of compulsory remote work seems to have begun to blur the boundaries between work time and free time, making it difficult to switch off. Twenty-two percent of workers felt compelled to respond faster and be available online longer than normal. Most of the workers started to start their days early, working from 8 to 20.30, while 24% are now used to finish the working day even after the usual 8 hours.
50% of workers say they have been able to spend more time with their children and families during this time. 11% of workers agree that this quarantine period has had a positive impact on their personal relationships. This quarantine period has also provided workers with the opportunity to eat healthier and exercise more by not having to “waste time” on transport.