Half of workers more likely to take a job if they could work from home

Two fifths of workers would be more inclined to take a job if staff could work from home, a new study reveals.

Two fifths of workers (42 per cent) would be more inclined to take a job if staff can work from home and one in five would be more willing to accept a job if napping was an option, new research has revealed.

The survey, commissioned by online bed retailer Time4sleep, looked into the nation’s napping and working from home habits.

Less than half (42 per cent) of workers reveal they would be more inclined to take a job if staff can work from home, with the highest number of respondents in agreement (50 per cent) being from the 25 to 44 year old age bracket.

The cities most in favour of working from home were Cardiff, almost two-thirds state that they would be more inclined to take a job if they can work from home, followed by those in Nottingham (52 per cent) and Birmingham (50 per cent).

Out of those already working from home, almost half admit to working in their pyjamas (48 per cent) and almost one in ten (9 per cent) admit to having had a Skype call in their sleepwear. A further 35 per cent of people confess to having a nap during their working from home hours and almost a third of people said they have tuned into watching daytime television.

And when it comes to nodding off on the job, the research also reveals that over a half of tired workers (55 per cent) have had a nap at work and 12 per cent have been disciplined by their boss for doing so.

The study also shows that one in five (20 per cent) would be more inclined to take a job if napping was an option and a further 15 per cent would feel more productive at work if they could have a nap mid shift.

Companies that have successfully implemented this in the states include Uber, Ben & Jerry’s and Google who have their own designated nap pods. Bright HR is the only UK company to trial nap rooms.

Jonathan Warren, director of Time4sleep.co.uk, says, ‘It’s clear to see that lack of sleep is having a major impact on workers with over half of people admitting to having a snooze at their desks and that the regular nine to five job simply isn’t working anymore for a lot of young people.

‘Before considering flexible or reduced hours at work, we recommend that people spend time analysing their bedtime routine and make a few subtle changes such as not using technology in bed and getting a longer night’s sleep.’

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the Smallbusiness.co.uk and Growthbusiness.co.uk titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the Express.co.uk.

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