Why do people want to continue working from home?

Why do people want to continue working from home?

The Covid-19 lockdown has made a way for them to save money and spend time with family

After the Covid-19 lockdown began in March, workers across the UK packed up their office equipment and set up work stations in their own homes.

Covid-19 made bedrooms, kitchen counter-tops and dining tables the new way of working for millions of people.

According to the ONS, 30% of adults in the UK were exclusively working from home at the start of July, reports BBC News.

From August 1, employers in England can allow staff members back into offices at their own discretion when they feel it is safe to do so.

As it is time to return to communal workplaces, research from Eskenzi have suggested that 91% of the UK’s office workers would like to work from home at least part of the time, the report said.

So what is the reason, so many office staff want to continue to work from home?

‘It’s like getting a pay rise’

Jon Williams, 43, is a software developer from Lyme Regis and working from home has helped him save both time and money.

“I was spending £65 on petrol every two weeks before lockdown,” he said. Because he no longer has an hour-long daily commute, he has not had to fill his car up since March.

Jon also noticed that he is saving money on his food because he is not stopping at the supermarket on the way home from work. “It is like getting a pay rise without receiving any more money”, he said.

“I have saved about £1,600 overall, and I am putting extra money into my ISA every month and plan to spend it on taking a holiday when it seems safer to do so.”

As restrictions are easing, Jon’s employers are open to the idea of remote working in the future too, the report continued.

Currently there are no plans to bring staff back into his office. “The tech has been working so well, this is likely to be more of a permanent move,” he said.

‘We’re spending more time together as a family’

Nirali Amin, a qualified bookkeeper from Watford, discovered that working from home gave her more quality time with her sons.

“It is so nice to be working from home and looking after the kids,” the 39-year-old said. As both parents work full-time, Nirali felt they were missing out on their children growing up.

It was not smooth at the beginning. “The first two weeks at home together were a little awkward,” she admitted. It took a while to work out who was going to use which space in the house. With both children using the dining table for school work, their parents were left to sort their working routines around them, the report also said.

But now after the lockdown, Nirali believes the bond she has with her children is stronger than ever before.

Prior to lockdown, she felt they had less time to discuss family matters in depth together. “We were either stressed or extra tired all the time – now we understand their needs better.”

The Covid-19 lockdown has made a way for them to save money and spend time with family

After the Covid-19 lockdown began in March, workers across the UK packed up their office equipment and set up work stations in their own homes.

Covid-19 made bedrooms, kitchen counter-tops and dining tables the new way of working for millions of people.

According to the ONS, 30% of adults in the UK were exclusively working from home at the start of July, reports BBC News.

From August 1, employers in England can allow staff members back into offices at their own discretion when they feel it is safe to do so.

As it is time to return to communal workplaces, research from Eskenzi have suggested that 91% of the UK’s office workers would like to work from home at least part of the time, the report said.

So what is the reason, so many office staff want to continue to work from home?

‘It’s like getting a pay rise’

Jon Williams, 43, is a software developer from Lyme Regis and working from home has helped him save both time and money.

“I was spending £65 on petrol every two weeks before lockdown,” he said. Because he no longer has an hour-long daily commute, he has not had to fill his car up since March.

Jon also noticed that he is saving money on his food because he is not stopping at the supermarket on the way home from work. “It is like getting a pay rise without receiving any more money”, he said.

“I have saved about £1,600 overall, and I am putting extra money into my ISA every month and plan to spend it on taking a holiday when it seems safer to do so.”

As restrictions are easing, Jon’s employers are open to the idea of remote working in the future too, the report continued.

Currently there are no plans to bring staff back into his office. “The tech has been working so well, this is likely to be more of a permanent move,” he said.

‘We’re spending more time together as a family’

Nirali Amin, a qualified bookkeeper from Watford, discovered that working from home gave her more quality time with her sons.

“It is so nice to be working from home and looking after the kids,” the 39-year-old said. As both parents work full-time, Nirali felt they were missing out on their children growing up.

It was not smooth at the beginning. “The first two weeks at home together were a little awkward,” she admitted. It took a while to work out who was going to use which space in the house. With both children using the dining table for school work, their parents were left to sort their working routines around them, the report also said.

But now after the lockdown, Nirali believes the bond she has with her children is stronger than ever before.

Prior to lockdown, she felt they had less time to discuss family matters in depth together. “We were either stressed or extra tired all the time – now we understand their needs better.”

 

Source: dhakatribune

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