A combination of pressures resulting from Covid-19 lockdown, Brexit and homeschooling has left a third of UK homeworkers feeling stressed and close to burnout, according to newly-published research from HubSpot.
The findings of HubSpot’s 2020 Remote Work report reveal that despite the large scale shift to remote working for many people in the UK, 42% of those surveyed believe that their bosses aren’t doing enough to support them: 31% of respondents claimed that they are feeling more stressed and burnt out, while 38% think their work performance has been negatively impacted.
A shocking 35% of UK remote workers say they have taken less than a week off work since March 2020. Another 47% claimed that they were working more than eight hours a day, while 68% have taken on full responsibility of childcare or caregiving duties at home.
Christian Kinnear, VP of Sales & Managing Director EMEA, at HubSpot, said: “This report reveals that although many organisations now think they have remote working sorted, many workers still don’t feel they’re being supported effectively.
“At HubSpot we made sure to listen to our people right from the start and saw that flexibility and choice was the key to helping our employees and business to work smoothly.
We announced our new hybrid working approach back in August which allows all employees to choose to work in the office, remotely or in a hybrid mix of the two. It was clear to us then, and this report shows that the desire for flexibility isn’t going anywhere, so businesses should act sooner rather than later.”
The most popular choice in this new hybrid model at HubSpot was flexible working at 43% (two or fewer days with a hot desk), followed by working from home at 39% (majority at home, occasional office visit). Only 18% of HubSpot employees chose a fully office-based role.
The full report is available for download here.