People working from home during the pandemic have discovered some guilty pleasures that they would now like to keep, according to a new global research commissioned by Kaspersky, which studied the behaviors of 8,000 SMB workers. Speaking of the opportunities opened up by working from home, 11% of respondents said they liked working without clothes. Other novelties favored by employees include weekday lie-ins (36%), binge-watching Netflix (23%) and working outside in the garden or on a balcony (27%).
As our working environment during the global pandemic shifted from secure offices to kitchen tables, we met many difficulties balancing work and private lives. According to the World Economic Forum, employees working remotely this year faced mental health and wellbeing challenges, such as childcare pressures and digital connectivity. Nevertheless, some office staff who switched to working remotely savored this experience and discovered some guilty pleasures they now want to retain.
Aside from working in the nude, which is still far from mainstream, the majority of respondents benefitted from simply working in comfortable clothes: 48% got used to this lifestyle and would like to make it the norm in the future. Saying goodbye to long commutes also made employees happier as they could wake up five minutes before work started, while many also enjoyed taking a nap during the day (36%).
Continuing to discover the perks of the new normal, 27% of people enjoy working outside in the garden or on a balcony, and 23% even manage to binge-watch Netflix at work. Other treats favoured by employees include more time for video games (18%), takeaway lunches (16%) and showering less (8%).
However, this newfound open-mindedness not only leads to profits but also to a certain level of responsibility when it comes to digital security. Having reliable security solutions across our devices will be crucial in order to protect our individual privacy as we enjoy new ways of unwinding.
Marina Titova, Head of Consumer Product Marketing at Kaspersky, said: “This lockdown turned out to be a two-way street for people whose job allows them to work from home. On the one hand, employees finally got a chance to forget about the downsides of big-city life and start working in a more comfortable atmosphere. On the other hand, they faced many challenges when struggling to remain productive, reorganizing their workspace and developing new habits. When you work from home your privacy is put at greater risk, making it vital that you remember to take care of your digital security.”
To make sure your devices remain secure across both work and personal use, Kaspersky suggests following these recommendations:
The full report, ‘Securing the Future of Work’, can be found here.
Note to editors
Kaspersky commissioned independent research firm Censuswide to conduct a survey of 8,076 employees of small-to-medium businesses (10 – 250 employees) in Brazil, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, UAE, UK, and USA in October 2020.
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