With the workplace becoming increasingly flexible, putting employees’ wants and needs at the forefront of business, it's not surprising that 72% of British office workers have the option to work from home.

Remote working can be extremely useful for employees who require this flexibility, like those who are unable to commute, have life-commitments which mean they have to work remotely or those who simply enjoy working surrounded by home comforts.

However, a recent study from memory and storage experts Crucial has revealed that while the option of flexibility is great, many Brits avoid working remotely and would much rather be in the office.

31% of the 2,000 British office workers asked in Crucial's study admitted they avoid working from home, and millennials have a more negative view of working from home than over 45s; 40% of 45+ year olds said nothing would keep them from working from home, but only 11% of millenials (19-34 year olds) responded in the same way.

But why do workers prefer to come into the office rather than stay on the sofa?

Lack of human interaction: 21% of those who avoid working from home say it’s due to the lack of human interaction that remote working entails. While some work fantastically and at-their-best when alone, many are the opposite and thrive when surrounded by others, being part of a team and engaging in collaborative working. We've looked at the benefits of office collaboration, and techniques to promote it, many times before on 1850 Thoughts, including ways to increase workplace collisions, and the benefits of communal spaces.

IT and access: 21% also avoid remote working as it can make things a lot more difficult and time consuming when it comes to IT and access to the company system. On your work computer, you're likely to know where everything is, have useful links bookmarked and easy to find, and your files organised and easily accessible. If you take home-working days sporadically, productivity may decrease and getting your bearings on your home computer may take a while as it's less familiar.

Slow home technology: 18% said slow home technology is why they avoid working from home. The clunky old family PC isn't so reliable and suitable for work a lot of the time, and the issue of IT and access to the company system is again applicable here. We've looked at the importance of good office technology; with the digital age well and truly upon us, good tech can make completing our to-do lists quicker, easier and more efficient at work.

Other reasons workers for avoiding home-working were having children at home (18%), having to do domestic chores (17%), noise distractions from neighbours (13%) or maintenance work (11%), being distracted by video games (8%) and having a lack of refreshments or food.

While the flexibility of home-working is useful for some, a well-designed, collaborative and tech-savvy office will always be one of the best environments for productivity and success within a company.


Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our Content Writer.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with a love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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