The COVID-19 pandemic has provided many employees with new and more flexible options on where, when and how they work, with working from home being enforced by government guidance in many cases. But it has also challenged their physical and mental health, productivity, and ability to communicate effectively at work. This is according to new research published today by the Economist Intelligence Unit, supported by Allianz Partners.
The research, contained in ‘The Future of Work and Digital Wellbeing – protecting employees in a COVID-19-shaped world’, surveyed 1,000 full-time employees working from home in the UK, Canada, France, Singapore and United Arab Emirates due to government restrictions imposed during COVID-19.
A total of 75% of respondents said they want to work from home more post-pandemic, with 69% wanting to work from home for most of the working week (i.e. at least three days). However, the research also found that: