Author: Arah Perrett, Business Consultant 
 
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) states that In April 2020, 46.6% of people in employment did some work at home. 86% of those people did so as a direct result of Covid 19. Five months on, are you still working from home? How is that working for you? 
 
The statistical story around homeworking and its impact is interesting. Contray to the fears of many employers, remote workers are productive. A study by Airtasker suggests that they work 1.4 more days per month than their office-based counterparts. This is great news for employers. However, there is another side to this story; 54% of remote workers said they felt "overly stressed during the workday and 45% of remote workers "experienced high levels of anxiety during the workday”. 
Why is this? 
 
 
As someone who has worked from home on and off for years, I love the flexibility that it brings. However, I am also aware of the dangers; I have woken up at 3 in the morning to finish a report. I am also constantly adjusting the boundaries to ensure that work doesn’t leech into planned days off. 
 
So, what can help? 
 
 
If you are likely to be home working indefinitely, here are some things to consider: 
 
• Environment is important – identify a permanent place to work 
• Kit it appropriately – a desk chair (Herman Miller is great) and a proper desk. You may even want to consider a standing desk 
• Move regularly – set an alarm on an hourly basis to ensure you have a 10 – 15 minute leg stretch 
• Drink plenty of water and try to limit coffee intake to 2 cups daily 
• Address any sleeping issues – if you are sleeping fewer than 7 hours per night, you are not sleeping enough 
• Call a friend; daily. Take time each day to shoot the breeze. 
A disadvantage of working at home is that it is less easy for others to tell if you are under pressure. More flexibility brings more autonomy. However, it also requires us to make more responsibility for own wellbeing. If you need help, reach out to someone, perhaps your manager. 
Thank you for reading this! I hope you have found it helpful. Please get in touch on 01452 489 942 if you would like any other information. 
 
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