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Many workers are dreading the return to the office

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Most UK workers aren’t all too happy about the imminent return to the office. According to a new report from smart locker provider Velocity Smart Technology, this opposition has little to do with an appreciation for remote working.

After polling 1,000 workers in the UK at the end of last year, the company found that workers are still worried about catching Covid-19 at the office. They fear catching it by standing or working too close to a colleague or via shared computer peripherals.

To minimize the chances of infections, workers would prefer to remain remote, or adopt a hybrid model. While in office, the respondents said they believe social distancing should remain in effect, while others said they are not averse to wearing masks at work.

The report also argues that while remote working did wonders for productivity and work-life balance, it also came with plenty of challenges. In particular, employees struggled to stay motivated during the extended period of isolation.

Having better gear might have something to do with it, as a quarter of the UK’s respondents said poorly performing or broken IT equipment caused productivity loss.

Before the pandemic, remote working might have been a luxury reserved for only a few employees. Now, it’s a necessity, the report concludes.