SUN ONLINE, JULY 8, 2019
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VICE LITTLE EARNER: Brits who work from home make calls naked below the waist, wear pyjamas all day and disco dance, research claims
A NEW report reveals that, in this digital age, when many can do business anywhere, nearly half of Brits (44 per cent) are now regularly working out of the office.
But there has also been a corresponding rise in unbusiness-like behaviour, with 31 per cent of homeworking Brits admitting they often toil away in pyjamas, nine per cent disco dance during the working day, and eight per cent have even been on a video call to their boss or colleagues when naked below the waist.
The research from FreeAgent found that nearly a third (31 per cent) say they have worked from the beach, 28 per cent have sent emails from bed and 12 per cent have taken work calls while on the toilet.
Around one in 12 had written a report on the bus, six per cent have done a conference call in the car and five per cent had even done their expenses on a boat.
A THIRD DO HOUSEWORK
And the rise of remote working means we can keep up with our day-to-day lives in a more integrated way.
Some 31 per cent of Brits admit that, while working at home, they also do housework, over a quarter (27 per cent) watch TV or a film as they work, and over one in five (21 per cent) have a friend over for a cuppa during the day.
The research also uncovered some unusual remote working practices: 19 per cent of people talk to themselves, the same number drink booze, and seven per cent even cook themselves a three-course meal for lunch.
While some people keep up standards, 16 per cent routinely spend the whole day in their pyjamas, 11 per cent have worked while sunbathing, and 21 per cent sit at their desks with a beloved pet in their laps.
Top of the reasons why we love working from home was avoiding the commute (52 per cent) followed by the freedom to take breaks when we want (46 per cent) and being able to dress – or not dress – how we like (46 per cent).
THREE QUARTERS THINK OFFICES ARE OUTDATED
So, it is no surprise that three quarters of us say that we’ve dreamed of setting up our own business in order to work from home.
Despite the distractions and relaxed practices, nearly seven in ten (68 per cent) Brits believe they would get as much done at home as they do at work.
In fact, seventy four per cent of us think that offices are outdated in the digital age, 60 per cent believe they could do their job without ever going to an office and three-quarters of us think offices will be completely finished by 2050.
Said Ed Molyneux, Co-Founder and CEO of FreeAgent: “The desire for a better work/life balance is one of the primary motivations for people to start their own business – and part of finding that balance is having the freedom to work from the comfort of your own home.”
ALMOST HALF OF BRITS REGULARLY WORK REMOTELY
“Where remote working was once the domain of the freelancer, almost half (44%) of Brits now regularly work away from the office. We expect this could lead to a trend in more people starting their own businesses, with over half (55.5%) of respondents saying that they think the move towards digital processes, such as the UK’s new digital tax legislation, would make it easier to run their own venture from home.”
The study found that environmental concerns are also driving the remote working trend, with 92 per cent of the 2,000 working Brits polled believing that cutting commutes would reduce carbon emissions and therefore be good for the planet.
Even so, there are some upsides to office work, with 41 per cent saying that they enjoy socialising with their colleagues.
Regionally, Stoke on Trent and London were the home-working capitals of the UK, where 75 per cent of people in each city working from home. That’s nearly twice as many as the 40 per cent of Cambridge dwellers who escape the commute.