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No wonder bosses want us back in the office if this is what Brits do when WFH


Remote workers aren't always working

Remote workers aren’t always working (Picture: Getty Images)

We all acclimatised to WFH during lockdown – but perhaps a little too well, as new research suggests.

It’s no secret that many Brits moved out of London during the pandemic, leaving the Big Smoke in favour of greener (and cheaper) pastures. And while the world may have returned to some form of normal, our working habits certainly have not.

According to a 2023 YouGov poll, nearly half of Brits (43%) want a hybrid working situation, where they are in the office for a couple of days and WFH on others, while 29% of Brits want to work remotely on a permanent basis.

However, research released by LinkedIn found that 49% of companies would prefer staff to work more from the office, with 10% planning to force a return over ‘productivity paranoia.’

Now, an alarming new survey suggests perhaps employers were right to be worried – because, well, a lot of people are busying themselves at home with anything but work.

One in ten workers have had sex on company time (Picture: Getty Images)

More than one in 10 Brits have had sex on the clock, while they were WFH, bringing a whole new meaning to getting down to business.

Over a quarter of workers have socialised with friends and family while occasionally wiggling their mouse to make sure their boss thinks they’ve got their head down.

Out from under the watchful eye of their managers in the office, workers are also spending valuable company time applying for new jobs – a fifth of Brits admit to doing so.

The survey by TonerGiant has also found that Brits are guilty of gardening or doing DIY during work hours (21%), sleeping on the job (17%) or playing video games (16%).

Men were more likely than women to be guilty of the above sins, with 25 to 34-year-olds also being more prone to naughty behaviour during business hours.

Don’t get us wrong, there is certainly a case to be made for working from home – particularly for parents who need to be able to pick their kids up from school, and who may not be able to afford childcare.

Among those of us Brits who work from home the whole time currently, only 15% want to switch to only working from home some of the time, and just 1% want to revert to the workplace the whole time.

So, why are bosses so desperate for employees to be back in the office?

Jim Moore, employee relations expert at HR consultancy Hamilton Nash, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘In some cases, bosses believe it improves collaboration and learning, or they have invested in offices that are now under-occupied.

Socialising with friends while working from home was also common (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Unfortunately, the leading reason is the paranoid belief that people working from home are inherently less productive.

‘This view has been championed by a few notable leaders, most recently Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who has mandated that staff must return to the office or find another job.’

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Source:: Metro

      

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