Around one-quarter (28%) of employees say that their mental health has declined as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, according to research by Wade Macdonald.
The study, which was published this month (January) and surveyed 415 respondents, revealed that 44% of staff are finding working from home much harder – physically, mentally, and emotionally – than being in the office.
Furthermore, 31.4% of staff face homeschooling issues while working remotely, while 30.5% have broadband and connectivity problems. In addition, a quarter (24.7%) face IT infrastructure hurdles.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a third (33%) of staff have changed their expectations from their employer. 73% of staff value flexible working, followed by a good pension scheme (38%), a bonus scheme (34%), and healthcare (31%). In addition, 20% of staff value parking as a benefit, followed by 14% who value gym membership.
Further research reveals that 86% of employees would be happy to work from home more frequently, while 20% of those that agreed with this statement would prefer to never return to the office.
Chris Goulding, managing director at Wade Macdonald, said: “Working from home for most employees will no longer be a ‘nice to have’. Despite its hurdles, the pandemic has proved and continues to prove, that working most of the time from home does not necessarily have a negative effect.
“We anticipate the shift to be accelerated in the coming months, especially with the third lockdown recently implemented. However, employers still need to ensure that the technology is robust enough to support the ‘new normal’ and that major financial investment continues.
“Additionally, due to the change in attitudes amongst staff as to what benefits and perks are of importance to themselves and their families, organisations would be wise to ensure that they are listening to individuals closely to provide tailored packages. This will not only retain current staff but give businesses a competitive edge.”