Is hybrid working here to stay? - Office for National Statistics

Summary

Three-quarters of home and hybrid workers reported improved work life balance

More than three-quarters (78%) of those who worked from home in some capacity said that being able to work from home gave them an improved work life balance in February 2022. Half reported it was quicker to complete work (52%) and that they had fewer distractions (53%). Almost half also reported improved well-being (47%).

The most common benefit of working from home was improved work life balance Percentage of homeworkers reporting advantages, Great Britain, 3 – 13 February 2022 Source: Office for National Statistics – Opinions and Lifestyle Survey Download this chart The most common benefit of working from home was improved work life balance Image .csv .xls

Three-quarters of home and hybrid workers reported improved work life balance

More than three-quarters (78%) of those who worked from home in some capacity said that being able to work from home gave them an improved work life balance in February 2022. Half reported it was quicker to complete work (52%) and that they had fewer distractions (53%). Almost half also reported improved well-being (47%).

The most common benefit of working from home was improved work life balance Percentage of homeworkers reporting advantages, Great Britain, 3 – 13 February 2022 Source: Office for National Statistics – Opinions and Lifestyle Survey Download this chart The most common benefit of working from home was improved work life balance Image .csv .xls

Younger workers aged 16 to 29 years were less likely than those aged 30 years and over to report experiencing fewer distractions when homeworking. Just under a third of those aged 16 to 29 years reported fewer distractions (32%), compared with more than half of those aged 30 to 49 years (56%) and those aged 50 to 69 years (60%).

Previous analysis from January 2022 found almost half of homeworkers (46%) also reported seeing their spending decrease since working from home. While the majority of homeworkers reported an increase in their spending on utility bills (86%), half said they spent less on fuel and parking for commuting (50%), and two-fifths said their spending on commuting on public transport had reduced (40%).

However, 8% of homeworkers reported no advantages.

The most common disadvantage experienced by homeworkers was difficulty in working with others, with 48% of homeworkers reporting this in February 2022. A little over a quarter also reported more distractions when working from home (26%). Nearly a third (31%) reported no disadvantages at all.

The most common safety measure workers said they wanted when they went into their place of work was ventilation, such as open windows, followed by enhanced cleaning procedures (69% and 66% of respondents, respectively).

Homeworkers were also asked which days they worked from home between 27 April to 8 May 2022. There were no significant differences in the proportion of people with access to homeworking who were doing so on each weekday.

Is hybrid working here to stay? - Office for National Statistics
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