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Most staff still not equipped to work from home

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Almost a year since lockdown measures were first introduced, many employees are still not equipped to work from home. This is according to a new report from retailer Currys PC World and Canon, based on a poll of 2,000 UK office workers.

The report states that while four in five (81 percent) people were asked to work from home last year, a quarter (24 percent) don't even have a desk to work on. A fifth don't have a computer screen, and two in five (38 percent) don't have a printer (opens in new tab), which was found to be the most sorely missed office hardware of all.

For the most part, remote employees are working from the living room (27 percent) while a tenth work from the kitchen.

Despite all the hardships of working from home, the majority celebrate the fact they are wasting less time and money as a result. Not having to commute (opens in new tab)is by far the most frequently cited advantage of remote working, while saving money (approximately $1,800 a year) on not buying breakfast and coffee was also cited by many. 

With these positives in mind, almost three in four office workers said they would love to work remotely indefinitely, at least part-time.

The youngest professional demographic, those aged 16-24, were less inclined to say so. Almost one in five said they felt lonely when working from home, which is why they are keen to return to the office once the pandemic subsides.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.