Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are now 6-hour work from home in your pyjamas days, new study reveals
Office wear ditched for underwear; meetings replaced with power naps
TalkTalk teams up with productivity expert to create new working from home guide
Millions of Brits will today shun the office in favour of working from home in a bid to combat the onset of winter and commuter woes.
According to a new study from TalkTalk, the lure of bed, working in pyjamas and being able to play with our pets when we get bored or distracted is leading more Brits to work from home – with Monday, Wednesday, Friday being the day when most UK workers will swap their desk for the kitchen table.
For around half of us, being out of the office leads to an increase in productivity, however the new research reveals that we don’t always live up to our best intentions.
On average the working-from-home day begins at 9.28am but we clock off shortly after 4pm – a meagre 6hrs 14min of work, the equivalent of 80% of the typical work day. Workers admit that the remaining time is spent doing chores, browsing the internet, sneakily catching up on favourite box set or TV show, or entertaining our four-legged friends.
Some workers have even managed to squeeze in an afternoon nap, workout at the gym and a spray tan while supposedly working from home.
Dress down Fridays
Being in a relaxed environment has also led to a relaxed approach to work tasks. Over a fifth of Brits working from home do so from their bed. One in ten fail to get dressed and spend the day in pyjamas. A fifth even go so far as to stay in just their underwear all day, with those working in legal and financial services the most likely to do so.
Social norms also appear to go out of the window. 17% of Brits have picked up a work call or participated in a conference call while on the toilet. While a further 13% have gone so far as to flush mid-conversation.
Mastering the art of productivity
To help get the most of the working day, TalkTalk has partnered with productivity expert and author of Time Management for Dummies, Clare Evans to compile tips and life hacks to help boost productivity.
Evans commented: “Although it may seem that some home workers cut corners, the beauty of flexible working is that it allows us to fit work around the things in your life that matter – whether that’s spending more time with the family or sneaking off for a spray tan. Everyone works in different ways and if you’re more productive doing your spreadsheets between the bed sheets, that’s fine.”
“By creating structure and staying focused, you can get more done in six hours working from home than eight hours with colleagues - a theory being explored by Sweden with the new 6 hour working day format.”
Working from home guide
Start your day with a power hour. Getting out for a morning walk or run can boost your energy, get the endorphins going and ensure you hit the ground running and work productively for the rest of the day. Use the first hour of the day and the time you’ve saved commuting, to get your exercise in, have a good breakfast or reply to personal emails before you start.
Have a designated work area. It’ll help you switch to work mode and make it easier to resist distractions.
Treat yourself. Breaking up the working day with rewards and breaks, like play time with the kids, TV viewing or pet cuddle time, will help incentivise you to get tasks out the way while boosting your mood and motivation.
Get out of the house. Relocate your ‘office’ to the coffee shop down the road if you need a little bit of human interaction to stop you going stir crazy.
Real people, real lives
The study into our working from home habits was inspired by insight from a real family which allowed their home to be rigged with unmanned cameras, filming non-stop for two weeks. The footage, which captures the charming, heated, poignant and silly moments that make up the fabric of family life, now feature in TalkTalk’s advertising. Watch the working from home film here.
Survey of 2000 office based UK adults who either have in the past or do choose to work from home by Censuswide between 14th – 17th October 2016.
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Top working from home guilty pleasure we’d never do in the office
Fall asleep on a conference call
Answer a work call while on the toilet
Work wearing only underwear
Work from the comfort of our bed
Walk the dog
Go to the gym
Get a spray tan
Reasons Brits work from home
Better work life balance
Spend more time with family and pets
Avoid certain work colleagues
Escape office politics