75% of employees are happier working from home

88% of employees want to continue working remotely part-time

Three-quarters (75%) of employees in the UK are happier working from home, according to research by Huawei.

Its survey of 2,000 office-based employees also found that more than half of respondents (53%) say choosing where they work is having a positive impact on their mental health.

Additionally, 53% of respondents are enjoying being able to schedule their working day, with just under half (47%) enjoying not having a dress code, 42% benefiting from having more time for house chores, and 39% citing being less distracted by their fellow employees as a bonus.

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More than four-fifths (88%) of employees are enjoying the experience so much, they want to continue working from home at least on a part-time basis, 60% want to work remotely at least three days per week, and 17% would prefer to never go back to an office environment.

When it comes to remote working locations, just under one-third (30%) tend to log in from the same location every day, with 86% of employees setting up their new workplace outdoors. More a third (37%) are choosing to work in the garden, 16% are utilising their local park and 12% are using their balconies as a place to work.

Four out of five respondents (87%) believe that technology has given them the ability to work remotely efficiently. To maximise the advantages of flexible working, just over three-quarters (76%) agree that fast broadband is top priority, followed by internet reliability (62%) and long battery life (42%).

More than one-third (37%) believe that being close to family and friends is important when working remotely, while 33% desire having the countryside on their doorstep.

The research also found that just over two-fifths (43%) would consider relocating due to remote working, if they could continue to work remotely, while 37% would be willing to commute an extra 39 miles, with them using this time to work.

Anson Zhang, managing director at Huawei UK Consumer Business Group, said: “With increased remote working set to be the new normal for lots of office staff, technology is now more important than ever.

“As the world moves to new ways of working, technology has undoubtedly smoothed the transition, helping many people adapt to remote working and to shape a future of increased flexibility.”