Flexible working has been at the forefront of discussions in recent weeks and a survey by Online and Remote Meetings Software Company, TeamViewer has revealed the day to day activities of a UK worker when working from home, as well as the wishes of the UK workforce when it comes to flexible working arrangements.
The survey of 1,000 UK office workers discovered that when working from home, 14% often choose to work in the garden, while 13% do their work in bed. Seven per-cent admit to undertaking work whilst cooking, and even 5% continue to work in the bathroom.
Even though the respondents identified some abnormal places to do their work, a number of them admitted routines remain important when working from home with 36% taking tea breaks at the same time and 35% starting work at the same time each day.
The survey also discovered that the idea of flexible working appeals to workers because they want something to make up for the lack of increased wages, with 78% saying they wanted a more flexible work schedule to boost job satisfaction in the absence of pay rises.
Furthermore, 68% of respondents would like to be able to work from home, while 50% would prefer to travel less to work.
General Manager at TeamViewer, Holger Felgner, said:
“The findings show that flexible working policies can satisfy employees seeking a work-life balance.”
Although respondents desire a more flexible work schedule, in reality it is not occurring with only 43% either never or rarely working from home.