the new face of work during lockdown

Adapting to new routines

The majority of employees who participated in the poll are adapting their daily routines. While only 24% of them are starting their day at the same time they did when they commuted to the office; the rest are working around a new clock, with 25% reporting more sleep and 22% sleeping until the last minute before they have to be online. Because of the decreased need for personal grooming, including shaving and doing hair and makeup in the morning, 25% of respondents reported being able to get more work done.

It’s not always smooth sailing

The respondents listed a number of issues that have made working from home difficult. These include strict security protocols such as passwords and two-factor authentication, slow home broadband or Wi-Fi, not having access to all the necessary apps they need to do their work, and slow virtual private network (VPN) connections.

Sharing your home office

With everyone stuck at home, employees are learning how to share their work space with a variety of different people, from partners to children, parents, extended family, and even roommates. While some people are working from home, others are working from their second homes or holiday homes, parents’ houses, or even hotels.

Strange place for a call

In navigating a shared space with family members and housemates, respondents reported taking calls in unusual places, including a bedroom (58%), a bathroom (29%), a garage (24%), the basement (23%), a closet (17%), an attic (15%), and somewhere outside (14%). But resorting to unusual places to take calls hasn’t eliminated interruptions, with children and pets still making the occasional appearance on video calls.

Caught in the act

Of the respondents who participated in the poll, 44% reported signing on to video meetings without realising that their cameras were on, revealing themselves doing chores, busy in the bathroom, cooking, working out, eating, or lying in bed or on the couch. Likewise, they have also been caught making weird noises, talking about someone on the call or taking to someone else in the room with them when they thought their speakers were on mute.