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'Fibbing' | UK workers share biggest lockdown confessions

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There’s no denying that remote work comes with a number of perks employees can enjoy. No commute means there’s more opportunity for a lie-in, similarly, meeting no one face-to-face allows many to complete their work in their pyjamas, making for a far more relaxed start to the working day.

And these are just some of the ‘lockdown confessions’ employees have stated they have enjoyed, as well as fibbing about lack of internet connection to avoid video calls.

In research commissioned by supermarket chain Tesco, a study of 2,000 adults discovered that 78% admitted to a minor naughty slip up this year. It found that the average person has committed seven misdemeanours each, with 13% admitting their naughty tendencies had increased in the past 12 months.

For 16%, this including cheating on a virtual quiz, while more than a fifth admitted to staying in their pyjamas all day and 19% slept when they were meant to be working. A further 16% also told a white lie about their internet connection to avoid taking part in a video call, and one in 10 inadvertently walked onto a call while dressed inappropriately.

Despite these confessions, 43% of respondents stated that after this year no one should feel guilty for doing small naughty things.

Speaking on the findings, Alessandra Bellini, Chief Customer Officer at Tesco, said that due to the drastic adjustments that have been made to working and living, it’s unsurprising that this behaviour has taken place.

"2020 has seen the nation adjust to new ways of living, working and shopping, which has led to some less than perfect, but perfectly understandable, behaviour,” she said.

"As we enter the festive season and begin to reflect on the year gone by, a quarter of us have confessed to feeling guilty for these minor slip-ups.”

Bellini added that due to the uncertainty surrounding 2020, Tesco is urging staff to forgive themselves for any naughty behaviour that may haven taken place this year.

She added: “At Tesco, however, we believe Christmas is all about spreading joy and this year, we’re encouraging everyone to forgive themselves for their naughty slip-ups.

"After the year we’ve had, we all deserve to treat ourselves and so we say there is no naughty list (but parents, we’ll let you decide whether you tell your children that or not).”

Top work-related lockdown confessions revealed:

  1. Wearing the same pair of jogging bottoms a few too many times.

  2. Working in their pyjamas.

  3. Having a lie in when they were meant to be working from home.

  4. Cheating on a virtual quiz with friends or colleagues.

  5. Staying in bed all day while working.

  6. Only dressing in work attire from the waist up while working from home.

  7. Making out their internet connection wasn't working to get out of a virtual meeting.

  8. Changing their background to a filter to hide that they weren't really working from home (e.g. working from the park, beach, etc).

This isn't the first time employees have confessed to naughty behaviour while working from home. For example, Mind Gym revealed earlier this year that employees had admitted to getting away with more than two hours’ less work each day while working from home.

Source: Executive Grapevine