Research from office and technology manufacturer Fellowes Brands has found that remote working is having a detrimental impact on mental and physical health.
The analysis found that 35% of UK workers who have worked from home for at least four months have felt stressed or anxious, while 38% stated feeling tired or lacking energy.
The report has also found that the lack of adequate home offices is putting employees’ health at risk. In fact, 49% stated that they are experiencing more physical strain working from home, including strained eyes, stiff necks, aching backs and headaches.
Additionally, 65% said they have spent their own money on home working equipment, indicating that employers are not doing enough to support home office environments.
Unfortunately, the research also reveals that 1 in 5 respondents believe their employer does not care about their wellbeing and are more focused on the bottom line.
Almost half of remote workers are working longer hours, with 27% stating they are struggling with separating home and work life.
Even more, 29% stated they were too busy to take breaks throughout the day and 35% felt that they needed to be available at all times.
However, 89% found that they would be happy to work from home in the future, but 63% said they would be more motivated and encouraged if their home office environment were better equipped.