The working world has changed and more people are working from home full time – here’s what people are doing differently compared to an office environment
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Office workers have revealed what’s now “acceptable” when it comes to work – including sending emojis to your boss and working from your bed.
A poll of 1,000 UK employees revealed how the working world – in particular the office environment – has changed.
It’s now considered okay to work from practically anywhere you like – including cafes, public transport or even the garden shed.
Working in your pyjamas if at home is also “fine”, as is ordering a take-away to your office, and having music on wherever you are.
The research, commissioned by Samsung for Business, identified remote working as one of the most popular developments among workers during the last 18 months.
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More than six in ten (61 percent) claim to have become more productive and efficient as a result.
In addition, more than half said this flexibility over where they can work has also improved their relationships with loved ones.
Joe Walsh, head of business technology at Samsung, said: “Businesses of all shapes and sizes fought for survival over the past 18 months when forced to work remotely, with both employers and employees witnessing a radical shift to a mobile workforce.
“There’s no doubt that technology lies at the heart of this transformation.
“And while mobile tools and tech may have been used experimentally during the pandemic, the possibilities are very real now – with many opting for this hybrid style moving forward, having seen the benefits.”
The study also found working from home has now become the norm for many and is considered manageable due to the use of technology.
Almost two-thirds said tech has helped them feel connected to their colleagues – regardless of where they work.
Furthermore, 65 percent wouldn’t apply for a new job unless the employer offered mobile devices such as laptops or work phones to support work on the move.
While just under a fifth revealed they’d consider extending a holiday and work from that location.
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The findings emerged after 67 percent of those surveyed by OnePoll said the traditional nine to five working day is over.
This isn’t the only change – almost half feel the work dress code has relaxed ‘significantly.’
And 38 percent said the way they communicate with colleagues and clients have also changed substantially.
Emojis have become more commonplace – with the laughing face, thumbs up, clapping and even eye roll emojis coming out on top.
Joe Walsh added: “For years, the perception was that work could only be done from the office or work premises.
“But with more of us working remotely, more permanently, we’ve shown that technology can revolutionise this old-fashioned view of working.
“Many Brits are feeling more relaxed about the new world of work, having adapted well over the past 18 months.
“And as our research has shown, it has increased productivity and improved relationships, to the extent that very few want to go back to the old ways of full-time office work.”
THE NEW NORMAL – THE 30 MOST ACCEPTABLE THINGS TO DO DURING THE WORKING DAY:
- Working from home
- Starting work early/finishing work early
- Working from home when you feel a little bit ill but not ill enough to take a sick day
- Working from home to wait in for a tradesperson
- Starting work late/finishing work late
- Going to the doctors/dentist without taking annual leave
- Not wearing makeup
- Listening to the radio/music/podcasts
- Working from home to wait in for a delivery rather than having to take annual leave
- Watching catch-up TV on your lunch break
- Working particular hours for childcare reasons
- Taking the occasional extended dinner break
- Sending work emails out of hours
- Working from home in your pyjamas
- Sorting out personal admin/bills
- Browsing the Internet/social media for non-work reasons
- Wearing trainers/sports attire to work
- Online shopping
- Having visible tattoos
- Having a “pretend” background during video calls
- Ordering a takeaway to the office
- Having multiple piercings
- Wearing shorts to work
- Booking a holiday
- Kids/pets in the background during video calls
- Working from another country
- Working from bed
- Sending emojis to your boss
- Going for your haircut without taking annual leave
- Sending work emails from the loo