Remote working means some employees work from their car

Employees can find remote working difficult when securing a place for peace and quiet at home, and so some workers have resorted to working from their car.

This was discovered by heycar, an online car marketplace who found that 10 per cent of workers admit they regularly work from their car, as it is a place of quiet solitude where they can get work done better than inside their home.

Almost a quarter (23 per cent) go in to their car to talk to a client on the phone, 22 per cent use their car as a place to plan the day ahead, and 20 per cent find it the ideal place for ‘me’ time.

Mat Moakes CEO of heycar said:

The pandemic has changed every aspect of our lives dramatically – including how we use our cars.

We no longer just see our vehicles as a means of getting us from A to B. Now they are offices, sanctuaries, a place for some much needed ‘me’ time.

Back in April, HRreview reported that 9 per cent of staff are now working from their bathrooms whilst working from home. It was also found that 70 per cent of workers are witnessing their sleeping pattern being disrupted due to remote working.

This news arrives as the Government have backtracked on their campaign to encourage employees back to the office with a “work from home if you can” message. This advice came from Michael Gove, Cabinet Office Minister.

Towards the end of August, it was announced that a government campaign would start to encourage employees to go back to their workplaces, which would be most promoted through regional media.  

By the start of September, the Government was denying that it planned to launch a campaign to get employees back in to the office. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman rejected reports that such a campaign had been put on hold and in fact stated such a campaign never existed. This led to a senior Conservative backbencher demanding clearer government communication and consistency.

In order to gather these results, heycar asked Censuswide, a research company to speak to 2,004 UK workers regarding remote working.