Is the novelty of work from home wearing off?  The latest study by Capterra indicates that a hybrid of home and the workplace is the preferred choice for 67% of respondents once the pandemic ends, with just 16% or respondents saying they would prefer to continue working from home full-time.

Capterra, the leading B2B software search website, has revealed the results of a study analysing how working from home has affected UK employees’ work motivation and work-life balance.

Based on the study results, respondents prefer the office for many aspects of work, though work-life balance is better at home for the majority of the employees (56%). Despite this finding, 1 in 3 (37%) state being less productive at home, with distractions at home (52%) being the main reason for it.

62% feel the same or more level of stress since the transition to work from home due to the pandemic. The biggest cause is lack of separation between work and home life. Picking up work tasks outside of work hours is widespread. Younger people are more likely to feel stress from work since home-working started and report burnout.

Overall, only 16% would prefer to continue working from home full time, while the majority, 67% would prefer a hybrid of home and the workplace. The study has also reinforced the view that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to productivity and work-life balance. It was revealed that those who live with roommates are much less likely to want to work from home in the future.  Only 4% want to continue working 100% from home vs. 16% overall.  The older respondents were, the more likely they were to prefer 100% home-working.

Sonia Navarrete, content analyst at Capterra UK said:

“The pandemic has changed the way we work for the long haul. When we asked respondents if they would have more flexibility in the future to work at home and the office, the majority confirmed they would like to work remotely on at least a weekly basis.”

 

About Capterra

Capterra helps organisations around the world find the right software for their needs. Founded in 1999, Capterra’s global product footprint, verified user reviews backbone, independent research, and tailored comparison tools, provide more than five million in-market buyers with a confidence-building discovery experience every month. For more information, visit capterra.co.uk

 

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.