Spending time with colleagues, office banter and adult conversations are what workers miss most about the office while working from home during the Coronavirus pandemic, according to Vodafone.
Office banter is the most missed aspect of an office environment (41%), closely followed by spending time with their workmates (40%).
More than a third (35%) of Brits said they miss having the company that colleagues bring and bouncing ideas off one another (30%). With so many people now isolated alone or with children, nearly a fifth (19%) said they miss the grown-up conversations that office environments bring.
Just over half (51%) of Brits say the most valuable thing to come out of working from home is the extra time claimed back by not having to commute. One-third (37%) say they are enjoying being able to have a lie-in and spend more time with their pets (20%).
Despite 61% of UK workers claiming they are just as productive working from home, over one quarter (27%) worry about their boss, clients and colleagues thinking they’re not working, followed by other concerns that they may miss meetings and deadlines (13%). Thankfully, one thing Brits have not had to worry about are tech issues, with over four-fifths (88%) of respondents claiming they have not experienced any tech-related problems since the governments working from home order was enforced.
As well as our working routines changing, so too have the demands on the tech we rely on, with almost half (44%) unsurprisingly claiming that home broadband is the most valuable piece of tech used while working from home. One-third (33%) find the likes of Slack & Skype the most useful applications to use to help keep them in touch whilst working remotely. Video conference calling (29%), audio conferencing calling (22%) and streaming services (20%) are amongst the other most treasured apps that respondents value as they fight to adapt to a new kind of normal.
Scott Petty, Vodafone UK chief technology officer said: “In these turbulent times we’re proud to offer a range of services that can keep people connected with colleagues and help them adapt to new ways of working with as minimal disruption as possible. As well as ensuring our network stands up so people’s home broadband and mobile phones work efficiently, we will continue to offer insight and advice on how consumers can do their bit. Small things like avoiding scheduling conference calls on the hour or half past the hour will make a huge difference in helping us continue to work smoothly and productively from home. Together we can get through these uncertain times and keep the UK running.”