People want to be productive.
We have seen that the team have worked hard to ensure that they are productive and contributing. We’ve taken to sending out a weekly anonymous survey, designed to take regular take temperature check of our collective well-being. The survey has highlighted that over half of our team find that they are actually more productive working from home.
Perhaps this is because people are typically more comfortable at home, with less interruptions and much less travel time (commute or business) which has helped people get more out of their day. In fact, 78% of our team feel that working from home is working well for them, giving more time with the family and opportunity to spend time on hobbies such as fitness.
Time will tell if this will be sustained and the novelty may indeed wear off. A survey run by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) over the last two weeks, found 50 per cent of respondents were not happy with their current work-life balance, with 48 per cent putting in longer and more irregular hours than they would under normal circumstances.
Having the support needed to sustain a positive healthy mental attitude has never felt more important and we are passionate about asking people how we can help using services such as our Employee Assistance Programme. We are adapting activities that we would normally do in the office and we are check pointing morale on a weekly basis.