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As more companies strive to help staff achieve work-life balance, are employees aware of the potential pitfalls of working from home?
While working from home has advantages such as time saved on commuting, two thirds of respondents to a survey by Regus said they are constantly distracted by family’s needs and demands.
Those working from home are also affected by poor posture as a result of working from make-shift workspaces at home, as well as slower internet connections, no access to office equipment and disruption by children, partners and pets.
“These findings suggest that a professional environment close to home is preferable to actual home-working, so as to avoid strain on families, to project a professional image, and to improve overall productivity,” Filippo Sarti, CEO of Regus Asia, said.
Telecommuting employees also complained of feeling eliminated from their peers when they work from home, and therefore they must ensure they are getting sufficient face-time in the office as this can help secure promotions.
Sarti said it is also worrying that working for home can cause health problems, as 12% said they have experienced back pain from poor posture.
“Bad posture can result in serious health problems such as repetitive strain injury for the individual – and lost time and productivity for the employer.
“The survey highlights that home-working may not provide a suitable professional environment and may well damage your health.”