Employees have not been provided equipment to work remotely

Over one-tenth of UK employees said they still have not been given the proper equipment to effectively work remotely.

This research was gathered by Utility Bidder, a company that offers businesses utility costs comparisons found that 12 per cent of employees said they still do not have access to all the relevant technological equipment to work remotely.

Nearly half (45 per cent) of staff said they do not feel supported at all by their employer whilst working remotely. Under a third (32 per cent) said they have received a very small amount of support and 13 per cent said they had received none whatsoever.

James Longley, managing director at Utility Bidder said:

Our mission is to support businesses and help them save money. One of the most important ways in which businesses can currently do this is by helping their staff remain productive so they can continue servicing their customers and clients.

Thousands of working hours could be lost without the proper technology and equipment, so it’s essential that businesses are supplying this where possible.

Employees required to continue working from home can claim for tax relief on any necessary purchases if they are not already being provided by their employer. This includes technology, printer ink, even desks and office chairs for your home-working space.

Another issue that has arisen regarding remote working is that 83 per cent of UK business decision-makers do not see security as a priority when it comes to remote working, possibly leaving them vulnerable to hackers. This research was conducted by Wire, a secure collaboration platform.

Before the COVID-19 crisis broke out, estimates put the cost of cybercrime to be $6 trillion for the global economy. It is believed cybercrime will now increase due to more people now remote working.

However, it also found that 53 per cent of remote workers claim their productivity has either increased or stayed the same whilst working from home. Only 13 per cent of business decision-makers stated they had seen a significant drop in productivity.

In order to obtain these results, Utility Bidder spoke to 1,000 UK employees.