People want clear separation between work and home - study

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People want a clear separation between work and home, according to a study carried out on behalf of the Skanska office development division in the CEE region.

According to a report by the Warsaw Business Journal, the study focuses on four countries in Central and Eastern Europe – Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Hungary. Its main aim was to analyze the current situation concerning work models on the labor market in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic. The results show how the perspective of employees has changed in the past 12 months and confirm that most of them are willing to get back to their offices. 

The lack of a clear separation between work and home is seen as the biggest disadvantage of working from home (more than 40% of respondents say this). Limited social life and monotony are other disadvantages when working from home. One in four people complains about the high costs of maintaining their home, and also about the lack of equipment and infrastructure available at the office. About 1/3 of respondents say they lack the possibility to work from the office.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way we work around the world, people's attitudes on this issue continued to evolve. From the total number of people interviewed, in March 2020, during the first wave of the pandemic, 39% of them went to the office every day. Currently, their percentage has increased to 49%. For example, in Romania, the percentages range from 38% in March 2020 to 51% today.

Going to the office every day or almost every day is more common among people who work in a team or among those who share with others their home as a workspace. Employees from all countries surveyed mention that the biggest advantages of working from the office are the ability to maintain the balance between work and personal life and the possibility of "face-to-face" conversations with teammates. 

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