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The WEIRDEST places employees are choosing to work

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With UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently telling Brits to ‘work from home if you can’, many people will go back to their makeshift offices while others will continue to work from home as they have been since the pandemic hit.

New research has revealed that some workers are combining professional tasks with everyday activities around the house – and this means that some have been working from the strangest of places.

A recent study from the notebook vendor and motherboard manufacturer ASUS revealed that millions of Brits are putting so much into their current role that they are taking laptops with them when they pop to the loo or have a bath.

As was reported by Wales Online, 32% said that they work while going to the loo, with 18% starting work before they have even gotten out of bed and ten per cent tapping away on their keyboard while having a bath.

Elsewhere, the study highlighted that Brits are merging professional tasks with everyday life admin and tasks around the house.

For example, 27% of Brits work while watching a TV show, with 26% online shopping, 26% cleaning the house, 12% looking up directions of how to get somewhere later in the day and 11% watching a fitness video.

Commenting on the study’s findings, ASUS spokesperson Dr Becky Spelman, said it is evident that without having the daily commute, Brits are finding it difficult to separate personal and professional life.

"While multi-tasking can be beneficial, it doesn’t always mean we are as productive as we could be, and so we need to be taking short breaks to give us some time away from the screen and switching off at the end of the day.

“Whether it’s using tech to help you plan your day or organise files or taking the time to make a cup of tea and walk around the block, it gives you more time to take a breather, refocus and be the most productive," Spelman added.

32% of Brits said that they texted friends or family while working, while 30% have browsed social media and 27% have completed a bit of life admin.

The study also unearthed that more than half (53%) of survey respondents admitted to deliberately keeping their camera off when involved in work calls so that they could complete other tasks at the same time.

"Although we know well that balancing work and home can be a struggle, we were very surprised to see how many Brits are multi-tasking and the nature of the tasks that they are multi-tasking,” Ciprian Donciu, Country Manager for ASUS UK added.

As Dr Spelman pointed towards, it is crucial that Brits take regular screen breaks to avoid burnout – whether this is having a quick walk around the block or to make a drink – as well as properly switching off at the end of the day to promote a good work-life balance.

Alex Ehmcke, Operations and People Director at publisher PinkNews, previously explained that working from home during the pandemic has shone a light on how employers can support the work-life balance of their staff members.

He told Executive Grapevine: “I think mindfulness, wellbeing and mental health is only going to go further as it has shown that businesses play such an important role in people’s lives to their health and wellbeing and I think coronavirus is only making that more of a place where people can find support and help.

“I think businesses are going to really have to continue any sort of mental health and wellbeing strategies that they have got and scale them up to support a more remote and agile workforce.”

 Source: HR Grapevine