Working from home can affect health and productivity: Study

Working from home can affect health and productivity: Study

SINGAPORE - While working from home might sound like a popular and practical option for Singaporean workers wanting to cut commutes and spend more time with their families, the reality is somewhat different says a new study.

The study, commissioned by provider of flexible workplaces Regus, found that over two-thirds of workers complained that they were regularly put off by their kids or family demanding attention.

And that's not the only thing getting in the way: Over one in 10 workers complained of bad posture as a result of working at makeshift home offices.

Good posture is critical to ensuring that workers do not suffer repetitive strain injury and permanent damage, and bad posture can lead to serious health problems later on in life.

These are some of the key findings of a global survey of interviews with more than 24,000 business-people from over 90 countries.

"Working from home can clearly affect your concentration and productivity," said Filippo Sarti, Regus Asia CEO.

"Employees are naturally keen to benefit from flexible working practices, so they can avoid lengthy commutes, and work the hours that suit them, in order to improve their work-life balance. But these findings suggest that a professional environment close to home is preferable to actual home-working, so as to avoid strain on families, to project a professional image, and to improve overall productivity," he said.

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