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News | 01 Apr 2020

What are Brits missing most now many are working from home?

Vodafone UK has commissioned research to find out what people are missing most about not being in the office. Here’s what people think....

It won’t surprise you that the nation enjoys a good chinwag. In fact, 41% of Brits say the thing they miss most about not being on site is the office jokes and light-hearted banter.

After all, is a weekend really a weekend unless you give your team a full debrief on Monday morning?

When asked what the best thing is about working from home, over half (51%) said it was not having to commute. And given that the average worker’s daily commute is 59 minutes, according to the Trades Union Congress, that’s probably not surprising.

Above smartphones, laptops and games consoles, the most valuable bit of tech in the home – according to the UK – is broadband: 44% of people said that the internet tops their list.

Now more than ever, people are needing a strong and reliable Wi-Fi connection – whether that’s for work, education or streaming the latest must-watch TV show. Take a look here so see how you can get the most out of your broadband and mobile connections at home.

Last week, Vodafone UK’s Chief Technology Officer Scott Petty explained how we were ensuring the stability of our networks in this new unprecedented situation – even with a 30% increase in internet traffic and a 50% increase in voice traffic since lockdown began.

Productivity gap?

While some sceptical bosses may have been concerned about productivity levels falling off as their staff work from home, the vast majority of people working remotely claim they are as productive (61%) – if not more productive – from the comfort of their own home.

Taking into account the added distractions of children, pets and snacking – only 27% of people feeling less productive seems quite a small percentage.

The research comes as the country is told to continue staying at home. During a period where physical face-to-face contact with anyone outside your family is forbidden, it gives us all a bit of time to reflect that the office really may not be such a terrible place after all.

For more details of the research please read the full press release here.