As the results of a survey of 2,000 US office workers conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Citrix reveal, work certainly has a new look. Beds have become desks, bathrooms serve as conference rooms, kids and pets crash virtual meetings, and video calls capture awkward moments when we think our cameras are off.
The unprecedented blending of work and personal life has created some unwelcome anxieties, but the good news is the majority of us are managing to stay productive and engaged.
Ready or Not, Here It Is
While many organizations were forced into remote work arrangements on short notice, most were not caught totally unprepared. In our survey, 38 percent of workers said their organizations were “completely” ready for remote work, with the technology and infrastructure already in place, while a further 45 percent said their companies were “fairly ready.”
Still, the shift to working from home is not without its tech challenges. Slow broadband and WiFi connections at home are proving to be the biggest issues, cited as obstacles by a third of survey respondents. A third of respondents also said strict security protocols/the lack of a single sign-on made it harder to work from home. Conference calls — especially when organizations use multiple programs to hold their calls — were another major pain point for respondents.
The Home as Office
A functional physical workspace is equally important as having the right technology to work remotely. While some employees are lucky enough to have their own dedicated home offices, many find themselves sharing their workspaces with a whole new kind of coworker.
According to our survey, 64 percent of workers are coexisting with partners, 56 percent with young children, 28 percent with infants under the age of two, and 41 percent with teenagers. Only 5 percent are on their own.
To accommodate the needs and schedules of their new officemates — and to minimize distractions — respondents admitted to taking work calls in unusual places. A third have taken calls in their bedrooms, 29 percent in the bathroom, and 24 percent in the garage, among other places.
Smile, You’re on Candid Camera!
Adapting to remote-work technology and etiquette has led to some funny and awkward outcomes. Our survey found that 29 percent of workers say their pets or children have made unexpected appearances on work video calls. Additionally, 44 percent of workers have signed in to video meetings without realizing their cameras were on, only to be caught doing household chores (44 percent), cooking (40 percent), in the bathroom (41 percent), or working out (38 percent), among other things. Others have forgotten to hit the mute button before making “awkward” noises (41 percent), talking about someone on the call (37 percent), or talking to someone else in the room with them (28 percent).
New Daily Routines
Now that our commutes have been reduced from hours to seconds, many of us are learning to adjust our daily routines accordingly. While the survey found that 24 percent of workers are getting up at the same time as they did when commuting to an office, a quarter are sleeping in a little more, and 22 percent are hitting the snooze button until the last possible moment.
Personal morning routines have also changed, with just 34 percent of respondents continuing to shower every day and only 26 percent styling their hair or applying makeup prior to going online. A quarter admit to wearing sweatpants or pajamas while working, and 24 percent are donning workout clothes. Read more here…