Millions of work-from-home Brits are putting so much into their jobs they even take laptops with them when they go to the loo or have a bath, a study shows.
Whether you love it or hate it, it’s something that people have had to get used to and new research by ASUS, notebook vendor and motherboard manufacturer, has revealed that Brits are combining their work-related tasks with everyday things around the house – with a third (32%) working while on the loo and 27% watching TV.
26% of Brits work and online shop and clean the house, with even one in ten working while having a bath.
With office and home life blurring together, 9-5 is no more as Brits are now starting to work earlier than they would before, with the average start time being 8:12am.
1 in 3 people now start work before their morning coffee, 37% before they have a shower or bath, 36% before they brush their teeth and a third before they’ve even changed out of their pyjamas.
Nearly one in five (18%) begin work before they have even gotten themselves out of bed!
Multi-tasking has quickly become the new normal for those working from home, with the top everyday tasks Brits do at the same time while they are working being:
Going to the loo
Texting a friend / family
Browsing social media
Making dinner / breakfast / lunch
Paying bills / life admin
Watching a TV show
Cleaning the house
Doing another work-related task that is different to the other one you are doing
Chatting to flat mates / partner
Doing a personal video call
Looking up a holiday
Checking directions of how to get to somewhere later
Watching a fitness video
Having a bath
While Brits starting work earlier while working from home, there’s not much difference when it comes to the end of the work day, with 5:13pm being the average knock-off time for working from home Brits.
Balancing emails and work calls, over half (53%) of Brits have admitted to purposely keeping their camera off while on work calls so they can get on with something else such as trying to do another work-related task, texting someone or watching a TV show. 10:13am would be the worst time to jump on a team call as that’s when the nation has declared to be their busiest multi-tasking time.
The study has also found that you can also expect to find the average home-worker with 11 tabs and 11 documents open during the workday. That number increases to 16 tabs for millennials and goes as low as 5 tabs for 55-64 year olds.
ASUS commissioned the survey to celebrate the recent launch of the Zen Book, a two-screen laptop which allows easier-multi-tasking and increased efficiency.
ASUS spokesperson Dr Becky Spelman said: "It’s clear that without travelling into the office, Brits are finding it hard to separate the office and home which makes it even more important to get the right balance.
"While multi-tasking can be beneficial, it doesn’t always mean we are as productive as we could be, and so we need to be taking short breaks to give us some time away from the screen and switching off at the end of the day. Whether it’s using tech to help you plan your day or organise files or taking the time to make a cup of tea and walk around the block, it gives you more time to take a breather, refocus and be the most productive. "
Ciprian Donciu, ASUS – UK country manager said: "Although we know well that balancing work and home can be a struggle, we were very surprised to see how many Brits are multi-tasking and the nature of the tasks that they are multi-tasking!
"We hope that using technology like ours, we can help those working from home be more productive, manage their time better and stay connected with their teams easily."