By Roddy McLean, Computer Upgrade Specialist, Crucial.com
Research this week has shown that the UK’s adult working population spends over 43million hours per day commuting to and from work. The research, carried out by memory and storage experts Crucial.com, examined the current working habits of the UK in terms of home working vs the office, to determine which option provides a better environment for maximum productivity.
The verdict by the majority of the British population is that home working provides a more productive environment, with 60% of workers performing at their best when working from home - although many are rarely able to do so for a multitude of reasons. In addition to this, it seems UK workers are not only wasting millions of hours on their daily commute, but around 17.8 million of those hours could be used more productively by allowing home working – if those who were not required to be in a specific place of work were able to do the majority of their jobs from home.
70% of UK workers have stated that they would be more likely to work for a company that offers the option of home working, making the argument against the traditional office stronger than ever. As commuting times continue to increase (the current average is between 30 minutes and one hour, although just over 5% take four or more hours out of their day travelling), the desire for home working grows stronger.
However, longer commuting times are not the only thing to make people want to work from home, with many unhappy in their office environment. Almost two thirds of workers feel they cannot achieve full working potential in their offices, due to noise levels, office gossip and colleagues interrupting them. With mounting distractions in the form of social media, the office can be a minefield for the productive worker.
It is clear that many organisations are still not doing enough to allow the flexibility of home working for all - not just those with young families. Over half (around 53%) of workers report higher levels of happiness, productivity and contentment when working from home – unsurprisingly, many were delighted that large portions of their day were freed up by the absence of a long commute. Over half would also willingly work longer hours.
Interestingly, the feeling of liberation and contentment in the home office could come from the fact that there is no choice when it comes to attire – one fifth of the UK’s adult working population admit to wearing their night clothes during the entire home working day.