The latest research by global workplace provider Regus has revealed that a third of home workers ‘get lonely’ (36%) and almost two thirds miss mixing with fellow professionals (65%). The survey canvassed the opinions of more than 4,000 senior business people across the UK.
The report also highlights that 52% of respondents feel they are getting cabin fever and need to schedule trips outside of the house to keep themselves refreshed.
Home-working can also cause problem with other family members as 17% of those surveyed said their family resent that space in the home is set aside for an office and 39% feel their family members take their work less seriously when they work from home.
With 45% of UK workers now based outside of their main office for more than half the week, these issues are affecting more and more professionals.
Richard Morris, UK CEO comments, “These findings show that working from home can cause as many problems as it seeks to solve. When working remotely it is important for professionals to get out of their pyjamas, and out of the house to maintain their morale and wellbeing, as well as their productivity. Working from a flexible workspace instead of a makeshift desk within the family home can offer professionals the chance to mix with fellow business people and maintain high levels of productivity. This approach brings all the advantages of home working, including the ability to keep flexible hours and reduce stressful commuting, but also maintains the routine and sense of ‘going to the office’ that many remote workers crave.”