The 4th of July marks an important day in the easing of lockdown measures in the UK. With the re-opening of public houses, restaurants, places of worship and hotels as well as being able to visit friends and family in their homes.
This signifies the largest return to our normal lives since lockdown began, and unsurprisingly people are excited to embrace this with open arms.
It is the work environment though that we see less enthusiasm from employees to return to life pre-COVID.
Since March 23rd, when lockdown began, many employee’s attitudes to office-based work has shifted drastically as they have embraced remote working, adopting software, such as Babl to lessen the impact of this sudden change.
A study by Eskenzi, a tech PR company, found that 9 in 10 people would prefer to have the option of working from home at least one day a week.
It was the additional reasons for remote work that painted a clearer picture.
- 54% said they waste time commuting.
- 34% said they feel less stressed.
- 28% said they can spend more quality time with their family.
- 36% said they are more productive.
- 45% said working remotely is a more relaxing work environment.
- 60% said they prefer virtual meetings than office-based team meetings.
It’s the last two points that open up further dialogue into an ever-growing area of importance within the workplace, mental health.
Could audio and video conferencing hold the key to less workplace stress and anxiety?
“1 in 5 of people surveyed said they feel less stressed using video conferencing calls than having to go into the office.”
The ability to switch the camera off and participate with audio only can provide a safe and relaxed environment, could this be a way to encourage participants a way to communicate more effectively if they feel less attention is on them?
Efficiency is key with virtual meetings when office-based meetings are scheduled for an hour, they tend to last that quota of time and even exceed this.
Virtual meetings allow us to be more to the point, listen more effectively and interrupt less.
If we feel comfortable in our personal surrounding, and know that we have a platform we can speak and collaborate on without worries that a face to face meeting may bring, we could begin to see people shining as their confidence grows.
When we overlay this with the benefits of home-working, people have been more active with daily walks or exercise, being around family members more, and not being stressed with the daily commute of traffic jams, signal failures and train strikes.
The positives should continue to be embraced by both employer and employee alike.
Do you feel more confident on a virtual meeting in your home?