As Boris backtracks on his back-to-work plea, a new opinion poll* released today uncovers that 64 per cent of Brits state that they would prefer to work from home indefinitely.

Nearly half (49%) of people revealed that their mental health has actually improved whilst working from home, with 22% going so far as to say their mental health had improved ‘a lot’. In contrast, less than a third, 27%, believe that their mental wellbeing has declined. Younger generations, including those aged 18 – 24, were found to be the worst affected by working from home – with 45 percent of people in this age bracket observing a negative impact on their mental health since lockdown began.

More than 2,000 people nationwide took part in the survey commissioned by High Speed Training*. The findings revealed that a quarter, 27%, believe that they are actually more capable of doing their job at home than they are in their usual office setting. Just 14% said that working from home had reduced their ability to do their job.

Richard Anderson, Head of Learning & Development at High Speed Training, said: “The findings prove that most Brits have become at ease with the idea of working from home. The positive impact this has had on mental health in the new ‘workplace’ could be used as an opportunity to strike up a better work-life balance, among a number of other factors.  For now at least, home-working has become ‘business as usual’ for many of us, and it’s important that appropriate HR measures are in place to ensure that this continues to represent a safe and empowering environment for employees of all ages.”

For more information and support for how to set-up and maintain a positive work from home environment, the importance of ergonomics for longer-term working from home, and tailored mental health training, simply visit www.highspeedtraining.co.uk.