It’s ‘Happiness At Work Week’ and as the government encourages us all to continue to work from home, the initial work from home setup is looking to become an even longer-term solution. It’s no secret that working from home on a large scale hasn’t come without its struggles, with recent studies showing as many as 66% of workers admitting to feeling a loss of work-life balance and falling victim to ‘remote work burnout.’
The reason? Having to respond to government requirements so quickly meant many office-based employees were forced to set up their new home working environments in a rush. Lacking correct office equipment, being reliant on connecting with colleagues virtually and for many, balancing children out of school with a working day has, significantly impacted productivity.
Feeling less quipped to deal with the demands of remote working has tipped the work-life balance off kilter, with 56% of employees now admitting to feeling less happy in their role through putting in extra hours and feeling ‘more anxious and stressed’ about work than they did before the pandemic.
So how can we restore happiness at work in this new environment? Here are 5 ways business can work smarter, in order to bring happiness back into the workplace.
1. Endorse personalised and productive workspaces
With everything we need to work being at our fingertips within an office, it’s important to ensure employees have a home setup that enables them to do their job as effectively as possible, in the way they like to do it. Our working style is as individual as our personal style, so whether it’s desktop accessories or furniture, Office Team have a working from home product range to support staff to create a comfortable and productive working environment.
2. Keep well connected
Over 40% of employees admitted to feeling isolated when working from home and with us functioning in a world where meetings are just as collaborative over video, strong communication links and secure access to business information has never been so important. But how many businesses have had the time to implement the digital transformation required to ensure their business is protected and people are connected? Connex is a brand new ‘Technology as a service’ platform that has be specially designed to incorporate telecoms, video, connectivity and infrastructure in one place, to drive productivity in businesses of all sizes.
3. Shop smart and stay in control of your budgets
Adapting to change sounds expensive – but it doesn’t have to be. With businesses supporting their employees to adapt to new ways of working, it’s important to shop smart and not fall victim to the pain of unpredictable pricing and fragmented spend. With SmartPrice we help you to understand what is a fair price for all your items. We check the market and roll back our costs to keep you in control of your budget.
4. Don’t lose visibility of business expenditures
In the current climate businesses are under pressure to increase efficiencies wherever possible, without blowing their budgets. However, for many this is typically the time where decisions and expenditure can often be overlooked. Business intelligence is more important than ever to empower you to make informed, data-driven commercial decisions and with SmartPad businesses can now have visibility and extra control over their expenditures. Take away the stress by deep diving into the metrics that really matter when it comes to activities such as the procurement of workplace supplies.
5. Look after your own wellbeing
Don’t forget to be kind to yourself. Reports show a quarter of home workers work 12 hours+ a day without taking enough breaks or personal downtime to recharge. Taking time out to focus on your own needs increases motivation, job satisfaction and mental wellbeing. So whether you are a gym goer, a yoga lover, someone who loves a sweet treat, or in need a distraction for the kids, Office Team have a multitude of wellbeing products to keep you active and entertained during your downtime.
Want to learn more about any of our ranges? Find out how we can support your business to work smarter at www.officeteam.co.uk