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The pluses and minuses of remote working in the UK tech sector

Written by  Aug 24, 2020

How does the UK tech sector feel about remote working during the pandemic?

According to a report from UK-based tech-for-good developer, Culture Shift, the events of recent months have positively impacted the culture of the UK’s industry — more than one-third (39%) of respondents said it has actively improved since they transitioned to remote working.

However, while many have welcomed the remote setup, half the employees in tech have been feeling isolated while working from home.


The pluses and minuses of remote working the UK tech sector

As half of the UK’s workforce transitioned to remote working earlier this year, organisations were under pressure to make this transition seamlessly without detrimental impacting their culture.

The same report also uncovered that thirty four per cent of employees in tech said working from home has had a positive effect on their mental health, while thirty per cent said sentiment towards their job has been positively impacted and one-third confirmed their relationship with their boss or employer has improved since they started working from home.

As you would expect with such big changes in the working environment, different people react to these changes in different ways.

Below we summarise the main points of the report and how remote workers really feel about their current circumstances. 

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The new norm?

On the positive impact of working from home on various cultural factors, the research found:

● Fifty one per cent of employees in tech confirmed working from home has improved their work-life balance.

● Forty three per cent of employees in tech said they feel more likely to experience something they would describe as bullying or harassment while in the workplace, compared to just 30% who feel more likely to face this while working from home.

● Thirty four per cent of employees in tech confirmed working remotely has positively impacted their job motivation.

● Twenty six per cent are receiving passive-aggressive comments less often now they’re working from home.

● Creativity has improved for many, with more than thirty six per cent saying remote working has had a positive effect.

● Trust has improved for the better with thirty seven per cent confirming trust in their boss/employer has been positively impacted.

● Forty five pre cent said their employer/boss has asked about their wellbeing more often, since they started working from home.

● Forty three per cent are being trusted to get on with their job more now they’re working from home, meaning many are able to work autonomously without being micromanaged.

● Forty nine pre cent of those working in tech are ‘dreading going back to the workplace’.

On the negative effects of working from home, the research found:

● Imposter syndrome and self-doubt are rife, with twenty six per cent of employees in tech feeling these more so working from home than they did previously.

● Progression has been impacted for the worse, with thirty one per cent of tech employees saying they’ve been negatively affected when it comes to promotion opportunities.

● Twenty four per cent of employees in tech said working from home has negatively affected their training and development.

remoteAlso see:  YouGov research shows that a third of UK businesses found transition to remote working difficult.

“With many organisations across the country now thinking about how they can bring employees back to the office safely, we wanted to hone in on the general consensus on remote working these past few months. While there have been some minor issues, it’s generally been quite successful,” said Gemma McCall, CEO and co-founder, Culture Shift.

She added: “Remote working has positively impacted employees’ wellbeing and is something employers should absolutely be considering as they plan for the future — especially now the success of this approach has been clearly proven.

“While there are of course some key factors organisations need to work on, like continued commitment to training and development, as well as progression, employers should be ensuring they have systems and tools in place to empower their teams to remain productive, creative and supported, even while they’re working from home.”

Main photo is courtesy of Claudia Schwarz (Unsplash).

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Karen Turner

A very experienced freelance IT journalist who now prefers to work from home and has such a broad range of knowledge accrued over the years, we would not cope without her influence and ideas.

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