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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Remote workers clocking up an extra 38 hours a month – RTE.ie

People who are working from home due to the coronavirus are clocking up an extra 38 hours per month – the equivalent of an additional working week – new research shows today.

The research, commissioned by LinkedIn, also revealed that 56% of respondents said they felt more anxious or stressed about work than before the Covid-19 lockdown was introduced. 

LinkedIn’s research also found that men were more likely to feel anxious and stressed than women, with 61% of men saying they were experiencing these feelings while working from home, compared to 54% of women. 

The lockdown is also having a greater impact on the stress levels of younger workers, with over 70% of respondents under the age of 24 saying that they feel stressed or anxious as a result of working from home.

Over 63% of 25-34 year olds also reported higher stress and anxiety levels. 

This compares to 41% of 45-54 year olds and 34% of those aged over-55.

Working from home has also resulted in 46% of over 55 year olds saying that they missed interacting with their colleagues – compared to just 24% of under-24 years olds. 21% also admitted to feeling lonely. 

36% of remote workers also said the lockdown has affected their ability to focus and 27% said that they have found themselves being easily distracted by their home environment.

Meanwhile, the merging of home and work environments resulted in almost one-quarter of respondents struggling to switch off at the end of the day. 

People were also anxious to prove that they deserve to keep their jobs with 43% of respondents said they felt under pressure to answer emails and calls quicker than usual or be visible online while they are remote working.

Today’s research shows that keeping their job is the biggest concern among respondents with 41% concerned that their employer may no longer operate or make staff redundant.

This rises to 48% of those within the 35-44 age group. 

But despite the additional stress and anxiety, many workers are using this time to connect with loved ones, with one-fifth of respondents saying their personal relationships have been positively impacted by remote working.

32% of female respondents said they are exercising more at home, while 48% of respondents said they are grateful to be able to spend more quality time with their family. 

LinkedIn’s research also shows when the lockdown is over, the world of work may look very different as 51% of respondents want more flexible hours and the option of working from home, while one-third would like to see greater use of video conferencing instead of meetings.

31% of respondents also said that post lockdown, they intend to be kinder to colleagues in the workplace.



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