The work from home landscape has grown increasingly popular over the last few years, to the point where 50% of the UK population are expected to be working remotely by the end of this year. With the rise of COVID-19, many companies have been forced to accelerate their remote working strategies ahead of schedule.
Although switching to this new environment has been a complicated process for some businesses, many people have experienced positive results from the change, according to a recent report from ZenBusiness.
The latest report, which surveyed 1,035 remote workers about their experiences working remotely, found that one of the biggest advantages of this new work routine is better mental health. 60% of respondents claimed that their mental health has improved. Interestingly, those working remotely full-time were less likely to report an improvement (56.2%) than those who work this way often (64.6%).
Celebrating the Benefits of Working from Home
Aside from advantages to their mental health, many respondents also shared improvements in physical health now that they’re working remote. 40% said that their diet had improved, and 44% claimed to be engaging in more exercise.
The impact that remote working has on an employee’s life is often closely linked to the size of the business they work for. Aside from freelancers, the study found that people in large companies had the best outcomes (55%), followed by those in mid-sized (46%) and then small companies (43%).
What’s more, between age groups, the survey found some big differences between generations. 63% of those under the age of 25 said that they benefit from spending more time with family and friends. 44% said that they felt more productive as a result of remote work. Additionally, 25-34 year old’s were the least likely to experience a mental health benefit from working remotely.
The ZenBusiness study also found that 39% of remote workers had issues feeling lonely when working away from the office. Full-time workers had the biggest problems with isolation 45%, and also said that they felt over-worked (29%) and under-appreciated at times (29%).
Adapting to a New Work Life
According to the Head of HR of ZenBusiness, Melissa Cadwallader, working from home can be a very rewarding experience for mental health, offering more freedoms than you can access in the office. The data shared by the study highlights that the majority of people are finding working from home to be a positive experience.
However, with some people still seeing a downside to working from home, it’s important for those in this new environment to have the right strategy in place. Business leaders need to encourage employees to maintain the right schedule, exercise, drink plenty of water, and stick to a routine wherever they can. Workers also need to spend time getting sued to their work from home policy documents and reach out to employers if they need help.