After two months of working from home, 70% of UK office workers say they miss informal chats that come with working in the office and half of them felt isolated while working remotely, a new study has found. The survey, conducted by Unipos, indicates that many of us are ready to get back to the office. But UK employees also found plenty of benefits about working from home, including lack of commute (79%) and more flexibility (66%).
Remote work comes with its own challenges, and managers had to quickly come up with effective ways to keep their teams motivated, engaged and productive while out of the office.
The study, surveying 300 UK employees and managers across a variety of companies, revealed some interesting facts about how teams really feel about remote work:
- Only 13% of don’t miss anything about being in the office
- 70% of those surveyed said they missed the informal chats with colleagues, followed by being able to share ideas (45%) and having face-to-face meetings
- More than half of those surveyed struggled to stay motivated, with 50% feeling isolated while working remotely
- On the bright side of remote work, 79% of employees prefer not having to commute, being able to work more flexibly (66%) and having more time for their families (55%)
Here is a visualisation of the data and main findings of the new study – have a look yourself: