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4 in 10 UK workers expect to work from home more often, survey finds


43% of workers say they will be “more likely” to work from home following the Coronavirus crisis

For millions of workers forced to work from home during the Coronavirus lockdown, remote working could become part of the ‘new normal’. Image licensed by Ingram Image
For millions of workers forced to work from home during the Coronavirus lockdown, remote working could become part of the ‘new normal’. Image licensed by Ingram Image

An end to Covid-19 lockdown may not mean an end to home working for many UK workers. A survey has found that 4 in 10 people expect to work from home more than they did before, even once the crisis is over.

More than 5,000 UK workers were asked to think beyond Summer 2020 and consider whether they were more likely, less likely, or equally likely to work from home in the future.

The result signalled a significant increase in remote working, with 43% of respondents saying they were more likely to work from home in the latter half of 2020 and beyond.

Adam Jones, Editor of HomeworkerHQ.com, the website behind the survey, said: “Companies and staff are beginning to realise that they can be just as productive while working remotely as they can in an office. And that working from home has many benefits.

“Remote working can improve employee satisfaction and retention, reduce carbon emissions and bring about savings in costly office space, facilities and utilities.”

Prior to the Coronavirus crisis, only 30% of the UK workforce had ever worked from home. While only 5.1% of the working population worked from home most of the time.

In recent years, the number of home workers has been steadily increasing – from 4.3% in 2015 to 5.1% in 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics. However, the current need for millions of people to work from home has the potential to accelerate this trend.

Not everyone can work from home of course, but there really is no reason why most desk-based jobs can’t be done remotely for at least some of the working week.” Jones adds.

“A combination of modern technology, such as high speed internet and video conferencing, combined with the catalyst of the Coronavirus crisis, now looks set to make remote working part of the new normal.”

About HomeworkerHQ: A new remote working website launched in response to the current crisis, HomeworkerHQ is dedicated to helping people work well from home. The website offers advice on how to set up a home office, choose the best office furniture and tech, and remain productive while working remotely.

Website: HomeworkerHQ.com
Twitter: @HomeworkerHQ
Email: contact@homeworkerhq.com

About the survey: The survey was conducted via a Twitter poll that used the social media network’s promoted tweet functionality to target a random sample of UK citizens aged 18+.

There were 5,157 responses within a 24 hour period from 19th to 20th May 2020.

The results were:

● 43.6% more likely to work from home
● 17.6% less likely to work from home
● 38.8% no change anticipated

Statistically, we can say to a 95% confidence level that between 42.2% and 45.0% of people in the UK’s working population of approximately 31.3m consider themselves more likely to work from home in the future.

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Free Re-flow forms to support the highways and construction sectors return to work


Our way of supporting the sector

As the Government and industry bodies launch business reopening measures, employers are now moving operatives back to site with clearer guidance on safe working practices and definitions of essential work established. There are various considerations employers must keep in mind when reopening their physical work locations, one of which is regular screening of employees to ensure they are fit to work and not posing significant risk of spreading Covid-19.

In support of the sector, as it embarks on the ‘new normal’ working practices and procedures, Re-flow is offering two free digital forms that strengthen social distancing measures, to any company in the sector. The first is for managing Covid-19 back to work screening and the other is to enable contact free waste transfer notes. These forms are accessible to all employees on their smartphones through our Apple and Android apps.

Find out more https://www.re-flow.co.uk/back-to-work

Ensure a safe return to work for your team

Keep on top of operative’s health, by symptom checking on a daily basis, using the Covid-19 screening form via the Re-flow app, allowing the return to work process to be done remotely.

Operatives can simply complete the information on the digital form at home or on site and the completed information is instantly sent to the Management team via email, who can then use the responses to decide when an employee is safe to return to work.

This has the primary function of keeping potentially contagious operatives away from site until they are well, by allowing them to screen from home. It also brings the process online, meaning there’s no physical documentation to exchange, which could be contaminated.

Full users of Re-flow can also add Covid-19 warnings and updates on the home screen of their app as a way of communicating to whole team.

Find out more https://www.re-flow.co.uk/back-to-work

Remove unnecessary contact

This offers a simple form on the app for waste transfer notes to be completed easily and digitally. It includes information such as details of the waste, the processes it has been through, and further information about the transfer. Companies can also include all compliance and licencing information required to have a digital paper trail for auditing purposes.

Once again, this removes the need for physical documentation that could be contaminated and any requirement for person to person contact.

Find out more https://www.re-flow.co.uk/back-to-work

How do our forms work?

*Integrate any kind of form you need into the app.
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dropdown pick lists, removing interpretation errors.
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previous response, removing user guesswork and unnecessary data input.
*Forms work completely offline and you can save as you go.
*On submission, forms are stored until a connection is established and then
automatically go straight into the cloud, immediately available to view as pdfs
in the management dashboard.

Find out more about Re-flow forms https://re-flow.co.uk/forms

The Offer – How we can help you for free

*Free access to the app will be available for a period of three months, up to and
including 31st August 2020.
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*Any company can sign for an account via our website.
*All operatives can download the app on their smartphones and login using
your company’s unique login credentials to complete and submit the forms.
*All data is yours, and forms submitted via the app are instantly forwarded to
an email recipients of your choosing.
*The app your team will use in the field, works on iOS 10+ on the iPhone and
iPad and Android: 6+ phone and tablet. It also re-sizes to any device screen
size.
*This offer does not include access to a management dashboard – normally
accessible to paying customers.

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Work management platform Kantree extends its free trial to 90 days to support remote teams during the outbreak of COVID-19


PARIS, March 27, 2020: The development team of Kantree by Digicoop has announced the extension of its 30-day free trial to 90 days, in an effort to support businesses moving to remote work during the COVID-19 epidemic.

In addition to the standard 30-day trial period, Kantree is offering an extra two months of free use, without any limitations, to all new customers who request the extension online by April 30, 2020.

“As a remote-first team, we believe that remote work is the future, but realize that it can be a challenge for companies who are new to it,” says Mr. Bouroumeau- Fuseau, co-founder of Digicoop and developer at Kantree. “Thanks to our platform, thousands of people already work remotely. We help them change work practices and provide long-term support, driven by our cooperative values. The trial extension is our gesture of solidarity towards the business community during this global crisis.”

Kantree allows teams across departments to keep track of communication, know who is working on what at all times, and easily plan upcoming projects. All this can be done 100% remotely, on any device. Kantree replaces documents and gathers information from emails, Excel and Word in one place. The flexible and easy to use platform can be used across departments (sales, marketing, finance, business development, HR, IT etc.) and is as a mix between Trello and Airtable.

With more than 12,000 users, Kantree has been trusted by major enterprise customers in Europe and beyond, such as Orange or Thales Digital Factory in France. After nearly five years in operation, the company continues to expand internationally.

About Digicoop & Kantree 

Digicoop, the company behind Kantree, was founded in France in late 2015 by a team of engineers fed up with the tools available in their former jobs. Rather than yet another cookie-cutter tool, they wanted one that would allow any other teams to get organized in their own way. Pushing their thinking further, they realized that making self-organizing businesses work required shared ownership, transparency and trust. For this reason, they decided to create one of the first employee-owned (co-op) startups.

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Sudden Shift to Remote Work Increases Demand for Sales Productivity Software


New York, NY – The effects of Coronavirus are hitting hard around the globe, with many companies telling their workforce to “stay home”. Yet, as more workers operate remotely, many large companies are finding it difficult to keep up morale and productivity.
We’re being forced into the world’s largest work-from-home experiment and, so far, it hasn’t been easy for a lot of organizations to implement,” said Saikat Chatterjee, Senior Director, Advisory at Gartner, in a recently published report.

Ignite Remote Team Performance
Following the recent shift to remote work for most companies, there has also been a significant uplift in demand for productivity management software. Looking for a way to keep remote teams motivated and productive, many enterprise companies are turning to SaaS platforms that can help build more pipeline and drive more revenue producing activity. SalesScreen has seen a 400% increase in

inbound leads just this week.
“The battle to balance the demands of maintaining workplace productivity remotely while simultaneously igniting teams to peak performance makes SalesScreen uniquely poised to help companies handle this current challenge,” said Frank Matticola, Chief Revenue Officer, SalesScreen. “We believe that technology which enables remote work models can empower companies to maintain momentum during this challenging time and leverage their skills to unlock innovation, engage customers and move their businesses forward.”

There’s a lot that companies can do these days to bring their workforce together, including running fun sales competitions, celebrating achievements openly and collaborating more efficiently throughout the sales process.

Results-Driven Performance
“Recently, a top 3 global software company looking for a way to dramatically improve productivity has turned to SalesScreen. They wanted to positively encourage more outreach, measured in terms of more meetings that would drive more revenue.” Mentioned Sindre Haaland, CEO of SaleSScreen. “After implementing the system, they saw a 76% increase in meeting activity, and as measured in a user survey also drove significant team engagements and culture improvements (Employee survey drove an average of 9.1 rating on a scale of 10 – 10 being best, in a 10 question survey). We believe that this type of performance uplift is essential to companies who may be questioning whether they can hit their revenue goals.”

As employees settle in to new remote working routines for the foreseeable future, it will be imperative that companies find solutions that allow them to increase the engagement and visibility of their teams to boost their productivity from anywhere. We see that SalesScreen is helping teams do exactly that.

About SalesScreen
SalesScreen is a sales performance software that uses visualization and gamification to help organizations build happier, more productive workplaces. SalesScreen brings your data into one place, integrates with your existing CRM and makes daily work-life collaborative and exciting through peer-to-peer recognition and competitions.
https://www.salesscreen.com/

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Can Your Business Survive When Employees Work from Home?

Massive social distancing unprecedented in modern humanity is sweeping across the world due to Coronavirus. As a result, employers are trying to figure out how to protect employees while maintaining continuity of business. This has required an immediate shift to work from home, telework and telecommuting. Tens of thousands of companies were under-prepared for these radical changes.

Initially many company leaders anticipated that work from home would last days or weeks. But, based on new and developing information, it is increasingly probable workers will be obligated to work from home for up to one year. “While our response to COVID-19 is already in effect, it will take many months for employers to be able to ensure a safe work environment,” stated Lief Larson of Workface, a provider of productivity software used by employees to work from home.

Larson says key factors determining a return to workplace normalcy include health and safety, projections for exposure, and mitigation through appropriate access to treatment of COVID-19. Until then, there are some things your business can do to help employees. Larson recommends that you give employees a solid video conferencing solution that allows for text chat, holding meetings with colleagues and customers via audio and video, the ability to do screensharing, and the ability to have a digital LDAP-type company directory so employees can see who’s online and have an easy method to reach out to them.

Additional ways to support employees over the next year include potentially providing a stipend for employees to maintain a strong connection to the Internet, which may require upgrading their residential fiber or DSL service, and a potential stipend or reimbursement for their personal mobile phone if that needs to be used to conduct business from home. “If the employees are customer-facing it’s also a really good idea that you encourage them to reach out to customers and let them know how to communicate during the pandemic,” said Larson.

About Workface
Workface is a work-from-home app that features text chat, audio and video conferencing for holding meetings, screensharing, a company directory to see who is online/offline, and a way for team members to communicate via SMS/text. Workface helps employees work from home, but stay connected and productive throughout the day. Learn more by visiting https://workface.com

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Coronavirus leaves businesses to work out working from home


With the emerging risk of Coronavirus becoming a global pandemic, more businesses are looking towards remote working as a solution to either stem the spread of the virus or enable teams to continue working if in self-quarantine.

Government reports suggest that up to 1 out of 5 could be off work due to COVID-19 in the UK, so preparations are being rapidly put in place by organisations which have perhaps never considered enabling their staff to work from home before, and large businesses like Google and Twitter are telling their staff to work from home to prevent the spread of the rapidly escalating disease.

As a result, many businesses are rushing into or being forced to get remote working set up adequately, and many technology platforms are jumping to attention around the media coverage, creating guides and recommendations on how to set up your work force to adequately work from home.

Little coverage, however, is being given to the emotional impact it could have on those who are suddenly having to work in this way, stuck at home whilst the quarantine period passes or until offices are reopened. Employees are developing guidelines and ensuring that sick pay will be paid – but for working parents, there seems to be little relief for those planning for school closures, and for the self-employed there is no sick pay – many won’t be able to work or maintain their livelihood – a concern to many of the UK’s 5m who work for themselves.

Therefore, some groups are looking to tackle these more emotional aspects of the pandemic.

Community project Leapers [www.leapers.co] has developed a guide for teams who might forced to work from home, tips and ideas of how to “work well” with a focus on maintaining positive mental health under challenging circumstances. Matthew Knight, founder of the project supporting the mental health of the self-employed, explains “Many freelancers deal with isolation and working from home every day, so we have plenty of experience of what is needed to work well when working remotely. Fortunately, for many who might be under quarantine, 14 days is not forever – but isolation can very quickly set in, so we’re encouraging everyone to prepare for working remotely, not wait until it happens”.

Other groups who focus on remote working are joining together behind the hashtag #remoteagainstcoronavirus – encouraging everyone to share their tools, tips, techniques and support businesses to take steps towards remote working sooner rather than later, such as remote agency Hoxby Collective, and Mind have published guidance on maintaining good mental health under stress during infectious outbreaks such as COVID-19.

Knight suggests a handful of suggestions to ease into working remotely, which is available online for free or as a downloadable PDF to share within teams at https://leapers.co/go/coronavirus

+ Get Ready: don’t wait for it to be necessary, prepare your technology and teams for remote working now, give it a trial run and make sure you’ve discussed how your teams will communicate
+ Eat, exercise, sleep: physical health is intertwined with mental health, make sure you’re getting good rest, eating well, and find exercises you can do from home.
+ Structure your day: put a routine in place, so you’re endlessly working, and don’t forget lunch breaks
+ Schedule in socials: put some time in the day where you’re catching up with others about non-work topics, just as you would as work. Share a cup of tea with someone via a video call, or just pick up the phone, don’t rely upon only typing and texting.
+ Ask “how are you?”: companies need to check in on their teams at home, and individuals need to check in with their colleagues, and for those who are struggling, share how you’re feeling, talking about the stresses really helps.

Leapers is a community project supporting the mental health of the self-employed. Founded in 2017, it supports over 2000 registered members to work well. Matthew Knight is founder of the project, and is available for further comment: press@leapers.co or visit https://leapers.co/

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What can we do to combat the taboo of periods in the workplace?

Could employers be more accommodating to the monthly cycle, and if so, how? The stigma attached to periods manifests in many ways and in the workplace, it can often prove quite a difficult obstacle to overcome. In 2018, there were 15.3 million women aged over 16 in employment, with the total female employment rate being 71.4% — the highest ever figure since 1971, when records began.

Many of these women will be dealing with PMS on the job, but this is often overlooked by bosses and menstrual taboos can leave women feeling isolated. Join us as we explore the unspoken office code for all things menstruation.

Periods in the Workplace

Periods have become one of the many key concerns for women within the workplace, and there’s a historic legacy of keeping period-talk hushed in corporate environments. Women have been a longstanding focal group for pushing workplace equality into action. As the times have changed the breadth of issues has only grown.

Women are often dismissed as being overcome by hormones when ‘the time of the month’ strikes, a jibe which has left women feeling that nothing period related should be voiced at work. This professional silencing of periods is a result of the outdated belief that periods make women ‘weak’ and ‘irrational’ as they bow to the mercy of their hormones. From the early signs of first period, these attitudes have affected girls, leaving them feeling like menstruation should not be discussed in schools. This continues in later life.”

In a recent survey carried out, it was found that one third of men think that talking about periods in the workplace is unprofessional. Moreover, periods are viewed as a source of embarrassment in the workplace, with findings showing women would rather admit to a mistake at work than talk about their period in front of male coworkers.

In fact, a YouGov survey investigated this further and only 27% of women whose performance was affected by period pains had ever admitted to their employer that this was the case and a further 33% said they’d made up an excuse in the past. Currently, it seems as though women are left to either grin and bear it in silence, sacrifice their statutory sick days, or endure the wrath of the menstrual stigma. In 2020, this simply shouldn’t be the case.

What can you expect?

Back in 2018, after suffering from extreme menopause symptoms, namely heavy bleeding that had caused anemia, Mandy Davies took her medication to work. When the container of the diluted mixture was misplaced, she panicked upon noticing two men drinking water nearby. Suspecting that her medication could have been in the jug the men were drinking from, Ms Davies voiced her fear and faced an in-depth investigation from her company’s health and safety department. This concluded in her being dismissed under gross misconduct. Her medication hadn’t been in the water in question, and after a court dispute she was awarded £19,000 in total for the pay lost and to compensate for injury to feelings.

The case referred to The Equality Act 2010, which covers nine characteristics — and while period related problems are not named, the impact of them at their most severe can prevent women from carrying out their day-to-day tasks, and this is a recognised element of having a disability. While the symptoms Ms Davies was experiencing are related to the menopause, they can be common of periods too: heavy bleeding, brain fog and dizziness — and 57% of women affected by these symptoms of PMS said it had adversely affected their ability to work. Therefore, many women could be forced to deal with physical pain and lessened performance for consecutive days at a time, and this has become the norm.

In a climate where workplace culture is always evolving, HR departments are facing a diverse range of employee complaints, and period related issues are having an increased impact on employee welfare. More than one in ten women have reported being the recipient of negative comments directed at them in relation to menstruating. Perhaps leadership development is needed for employers to educate them on their attitudes towards women over their menstruation period.

These micro-aggressions are leading to an increase in presenteeism — where employees who aren’t fit to work still attend in order to fulfil what is required of them. One study revealed that 80.7% of respondents said they lost an average of 23.2 days per year to presenteeism and reduced productivity, linked to being on their period.

Is there a potential solution to combat this?

The potential of introducing flexible working could be introduced to allow female employees to manage their symptoms.

Emma Barnett, author of Period, It’s About Bloody Time described that while menstrual leave might not be feasible for larger companies, making period pain a valid reason for taking sick leave should become a reality. Barnett also discussed the need for more honesty surrounding periods, captured in her suggestion that every workplace should have a ‘menstrual policy’, to give women clearer workplace rights when it comes to periods.

In Japan, a recent move was made by a department store to assign ‘period badges’ to its female members of staff for them to wear while they are menstruating. The idea was introduced to help tackle the stigma of periods, using the pink cartoon of Seiri Chan — whose name translates to ‘Miss Period’. However, the move faced backlash with claims of harassment made. It’s highly unlikely that a step like this would be taken in UK workplaces, but what proactive steps should employers consider taking when it comes to resolving the stigma?

There’s certainly room for adjustment when it comes to making workplaces more period-friendly, from having set policies in place to encouraging openness to tackle the menstrual stigma.

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From a work with Guy Laliberte (founder of Cirque Du Soleil) and Ferran Adria. borns Circulo Fusion


Fifth season of the most important digital culture project in southern Europe

More than one million people connect to Circulo Fusion.

From a job with Guy Laliberte (founder of Cirque Du Soleil) and Ferran Adria, Circulo Fusion was born in the Circulo de Bellas Artes, in Madrid.

Madrid – December 27, 2019 – Círculo Fusión is a collision of avant-garde in gastronomy, art, and music, actually the most important digital cultural project in southern Europe. It is, for having exceeded more than 1.000.000 unique people connected through the channels on Spotify, Facebook Videos, iVoox, Google Podcast, and other digital platforms, but also for collaborations with some of the leading professionals of the 21st century, the biggest creators at gastronomy, art, and music. Círculo Fusión is documentation of the management of creativity and avant-garde in the three areas: haute cuisine, electronic music, and contemporary art, which have a very similar discourse and has been confirmed throughout more than 70 collaborations.

Not any gastronomy, only haute cuisine. This is what Elena Arzak talks about, in an interview with her father, Juan Mari Arzak. Both have previously collaborated separately, and have dealt with topics like the evolution of the famous pintxo of San Sebastián or the incursion of women in haute cuisine, the most famous three michelin stars in Spain, has his first Michelin star at COMO The Halkin Hotel, at London, UK.

Who doesn´t know ARCO? Thanks to Juana de Aizpuru, founder of the most important contemporary art event in the country, we know more about contemporary art, artistic innovation, and the change of the rules in art. A unique interview where some essential points are covered to understand the contemporary art movement in Spain. We explore other amazing works, like the done by Hans Ulrich at The Serpentine Gallery or Louise Jeffreys at the Barbican Centre, in London, UK.

The most important electronic music festival on the European continent, Tomorrowland, with Joris Voorn, one of the artists, who has his own stage at the festival. He is in charge of the “pre-opening season”, the season number five that will begin very soon on the radio of the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid.

One of the main milestones of the project, the creation of guidelines around the management of creativity, told by the creators and professionals themselves, the merge between the three disciplines, which seems a priori very different, in fact, is very similar. The cultural project arises with the creation of the same space where the three subjects converge, documented by the most important artists and professionals of the 21st century.

About Fusion Circle – https://www.circulofusion.com/

Presented and directed by Luis Arranz, economist specialized in marketing, events and media for more than 10 years. The origin of Círculo Fusión, comes from the work done with Ferran Adrià and Guy Laliberté (founder of Cirque Du Soleil) on Ibiza island. He has been The Blogger in the international brand Ushuaïa Ibiza, has worked written in traditional media, online and national radio, and as a specialist in marketing, hospitality, events, and culture. After 4 seasons, the internationalization of Círculo Fusión begins, thanks to the connection with the city of London, UK, where it has collaborated with art brands like The Serpentine Gallery or Barbican Center.

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Study: How healthy are freelancers and entrepreneurs who work from home?

Before going freelance or launching a business, many people might think it’s all long, leisurely lunches and spontaneous trips to the beach when the sun comes out. But new research from PR Unlocked shows how working from home can impact the health and wellbeing of self-employed workers, highlighting the importance of community, work-spaces and routines.

Two-fifths of the freelancers and small business owners work from home five days a week and a fifth said it varies week-to-week. A minority work six or seven days a week (4% and 1% respectively), 16% work three days and 15% work four days.

Two-thirds (66%) have a dedicated workspace in their home, but just over a third (34%) don’t. For freelancers and entrepreneurs who don’t have a home office, they work from their dining room or kitchen table, on the sofa, in bed or from a garden office.

Prolonged sitting or not having a proper desk can have a negative impact on our bodies. Pilates teacher Kerrie-Anne Bradley and Founder of Pilates at Your Desk said: “Sitting incorrectly puts undue pressure onto our hips and lower back. It creates imbalances throughout the body. Those of us sit like a cashew, for example, where the bottom is tucked under and the upper back and shoulders are rounded forward are at more risk of facing issues like back and neck problems, and tight hip flexors. Sitting like a cashew tends to happen when we work on a bed and sofa. Basically, where the laptop isn’t at eye-height and you are less able to sit up on your sit bones; the boney bits under your bottom.”

But a lot of self-employed people don’t just work from home all day, every day. A quarter (25%) said they sometimes work from co-working spaces, and over half (55%) work from coffee shops, libraries or other public spaces. Over a third (34%) sometimes work from clients’ offices and 13% work from other freelancers’ or business owners’ homes.

When it comes to taking long, leisurely lunches – it turns out a lot of freelancers and small businesses didn’t get the memo. Over a third (35%) eat lunch at their desk and 3% don’t take a lunch break at all. Just over two-fifths (41%) take at least a 30-minute break away from their place of work, and 21% take at least an hour lunch break.
And in terms of being active, a quarter (25%) said they make time to exercise every day or most days when they’re working from home, 37% get active some days and 16% at least once a week. However, 22% of self-employed people working from home never find the time to exercise.

Kerrie-Anne added: “We should also try to move every 30 minutes. This doesn’t have to be leg-over-head stuff, it can be a walk to kitchen, squats while you wait for your coffee, or lunges while you’re waiting for lunch to cook.”

Over a third (38%) of freelancers and entrepreneurs regularly have days when they don’t speak to or meet other people during working hours, and 40% sometimes have days where they don’t see or speak to anyone else. Only 22% of the freelancers and business owners PR Unlocked spoke to said they try to meet or speak to other people most days.

As a result of working from home, 53% said they had felt unproductive, 49% isolated, 47% lonely and 36% stressed. Only 15% of the freelancers and business owners hadn’t experienced any negative feelings.

Some respondents specifically said they felt out of the loop with what’s going on in their industry, missed having colleagues to bounce ideas off, and wanted people to share problems with. And the majority (80%) of freelancers and small business owners find it difficult to switch off from work.

David Price, CEO of Health Assured, said: “When you run a small business from your bedroom or spend your days freelancing in your kitchen, you run the risk of turning your home into a place associated with work. It’s hard to relax and unwind at the end of a workday when you’re sitting within the same four walls that you’ve spent eight hours working hard in so try to create a specific space for working in. Working remotely or by yourself takes you away from the support systems that employed, on-site staff enjoy. If you have a problem, you won’t have anyone to turn to. Trying to make the effort to see someone every day can help with isolation. Go outside, get some coffee and chat with a friend.”

Although self-employed workers should make the effort to look after their health and wellbeing, it’s important to remember the advantages of this way of working.

The majority (83%) of freelancers and small business owners said one of the best things about working from home was no commute. Over half (54%) said getting to fit in household chores to their day, and a further 54% said they appreciate getting to take breaks when they want.

Nearly half (48%) said they’re more productive, a third (32%) said they get to fit exercise into their day and a quarter (26%) said they eat healthier. Some freelancers and business owners added the flexibility to work around children, look after their dogs and other pets, avoiding office politics and working around their health.

Read the full breakdown of the research, along with advice and case studies on the PR Unlocked website. https://prunlocked.com/working-from-home-routines-health-wellbeing-freelancers-businesses/

Notes to editor

PR Unlocked surveyed 406 freelancers and business owners who work from home regularly.

PR Unlocked is an online training and coaching platform to help startups and small businesses promote and market their business. It was created by Claire Gamble, MD of Unhooked Communications.

As well as a full course, PR Unlocked includes free resources, guides, articles and podcasts.

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