SENDING emojis to the boss, working from bed and even replying to emails on the LOO are absolutely fine, office workers say.
A new poll of 1,000 UK employees has revealed the changes we’ve made to our working lives since the pandemic began.
Our working habits have completely changed since the pandemic began – and many Brits feel happy logging in anywhere, including on public transportCredit: Getty
And most say they think it’s ok to work anywhere – including in cafes, on public transport and even tucked up under the duvet.
Working in pyjamas at home is fine, as is ordering a takeaway to the office, and listening to music wherever, those polled say.
And more than six in 10 – 61 per cent – believed they’re more efficient out of the office, the survey commissioned by Samsung for Business reveals.
In addition, more than half say flexibility over where they can work has improved relationships with loved ones.
Joe Walsh, head of business technology at Samsung, said: “Businesses of all shapes and sizes fought for survival over the past 18 months when forced to work remotely, with both employers and employees witnessing a radical shift to a mobile workforce.
“There’s no doubt that technology lies at the heart of this transformation.
“While mobile tools and tech may have been used experimentally during the pandemic, the possibilities are very real now – with many opting for this hybrid style moving forward, having seen the benefits.”
The study also found working from home has now become the norm for many and is considered manageable due to the use of technology.
Almost two-thirds said tech has helped them feel connected to their colleagues – regardless of where they work.
Some 65 per cent wouldn’t apply for a new job unless the employer offered mobile devices such as laptops or work phones to support work on the move.
Just under a fifth revealed they’d consider extending a holiday and work from that location.
The findings emerged after 67 per cent of those surveyed by OnePoll said the traditional nine to five working day is over.
This isn’t the only change – almost half feel the work dress code has relaxed ‘significantly.’
And 38 per cent said the way they communicate with colleagues and clients have also changed substantially.
30 things Brit workers say are acceptable now
1. Working from home
2. Starting work early/ finishing work early
3. Working from home when you feel a bit ill, but not ill enough to take a sick day
4. Working from home to wait in for a tradesperson
5. Starting work late/ finishing work late
6. Going to the doctors/dentist without taking annual leave
7. Not wearing makeup
8. Listening to the radio/music/podcasts
9. Working from home to wait in for a delivery rather than having to take annual leave
10. Watching catch up TV in your lunch break
11. Working particular hours for childcare reasons
12. Taking the occasional extended dinner break
13. Sending work emails out of hours
14. Working from home in your pyjamas
15. Sorting out personal admin/bills
16. Browsing the internet/social media for non-work purposes
17. Wearing trainers/sports attire to work
18. Online shopping
19. Having visible tattoos
20. Having a ‘pretend’ background during video calls
21. Ordering a takeaway to the office
22. Having multiple piercings
23. Wearing shorts to work
24. Booking a holiday
25. Kids/pets in the background during video calls
26. Working from another country
27. Working from bed
28. Sending emojis to your boss
29. Going for your haircut without taking annual leave
30. Sending work emails from the loo
Emojis have become more commonplace – with the laughing face, thumbs up, clapping and even eye roll emojis coming out on top.
Mr Walsh added: “For years, the perception was that work could only be done from the office or work premises.
“But with more of us working remotely, more permanently, we’ve shown that technology can revolutionise this old-fashioned view of working.
“Many Brits are feeling more relaxed about the new world of work, having adapted well over the past 18 months.
“And as our research has shown, it has increased productivity and improved relationships, to the extent that very few want to go back to the old ways of full-time office work.”
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