Following Boris Johnson’s announcement that Brits can return to the physical workplace next week, new research has found that almost half (44%) of workers currently working from home are losing between three and five hours of sleep per night through worry about having to return to the workplace.
The research carried out by health and wellness company Yumi Nutrition via an independent provider has shed light on the stress returning to work is putting on workers while highlighting job security as another key concern as job cuts continue. More than one in ten workers are now so worried about losing their job that they’re missing out on at least six hours of shut-eye each night with financial worries currently keeping over a fifth of Brits up at night. And for furloughed workers, the ongoing anxiety and uncertainty of whether or not they will be returning to work is keeping them up for an average of two hours every night.
When it comes to the reasons for not wanting to return to the physical workplace, 35% of respondents cited having to commute or get up earlier, whilst 27% of people are worried about losing a work-life balance and free time.
The top 5 reasons Brits don’t want to return to the physical workplace:
- Having to commute/ get up earlier
- Losing a work-life balance/ free time
- Having less time with loved ones
- Having to attend face-to-face meeting
- Seeing colleagues they don’t like
As a result of the worry of returning to the workplace, respondents are now averaging fewer hours of sleep per night than they were getting during lockdown with only 15% of Brits waking up well-rested. This in turn is impacting workers’ enthusiasm with only 9% feeling motivated which is likely to have a serious impact on productivity in the workplace.
Sebastien Vanderlinden, CEO at Yumi Nutrition said: “Our research has shown that as the lockdown begins to ease, there are a number of things keeping employees up at night with health worries still a major concern alongside the added stress of having to return to the physical workplace and the worry of job security.
“With workers now getting less sleep than they were during lockdown, we would encourage employers to provide support to staff to ease the stress and ensure productivity isn’t negatively affected. To help out, we’ve created a ‘Bedtime Zone’ on the Yumi Nutrition website with several resources to help employees feel well-rested when they wake up.”