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Businesses may have to change the way employees work

The coronavirus pandemic has given us more and different things to worry and care about than we would have previously had. People value the importance of family, friends, and health more so than ever since we were stuck inside last March.

Aviva have found that 47% of employees care less about their job as a result of the pandemic. Their survey of the working population also had a number of other striking revelations.

The number of workers who are concerned that work and home life boundaries are blurred has increased from February 2020 to March 2021, by 12 per cent. The number of people agreeing with the statements "I often neglect my physical health through being too busy at work" and "I often neglect my mental health through being too busy at work" have increased from February 2020 to March 2021 too, by 7 per cent each.

64% of employees think flexible working hours would contribute to making them more productive. Workers were also asked whether completely working from home, completely working in an office or a mixture of the two would increase productivity. 24% of respondents said 3 days in an office and two days at home would make them more productive. Those with children at home and men were amongst the group wanting to spend more time at their place of work.

This may mean businesses have to change the way they operate to ensure staff happiness and to increase productivity.

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