Home working makes techies happy
Posted on 12th January 2021
A survey by workplace specialist firm, WorkL, covering over 100,000 people over the last two years, shows clearly that since the pandemic intruded on our lives there has been a noticeable increase in overall satisfaction with many aspects of work. Overall, they record a rise from 64% being happy at their work pre-pandemic to 72% now. In particular, better communication from their managers and empowerment to make their own decisions are cited as positive benefits, albeit younger workers tend to struggle without face-to-face contact from mentors and bosses, while they also tend to be more likely to be stuck in smaller, less salubrious home circumstances. Women with children in particular can find it difficult to balance childcare with work, especially if their partner doesn’t contribute as much as he should.
As with Be-IT’s own studies over last summer/autumn, the WorkL research demonstrates conclusively that we don’t want to return to the status quo. Given the re-establishment of lockdown, that’s just as well. However, taking the medium-term view, we should be largely out of this by the summer, always assuming governments across the UK can accelerate the roll-out of the vaccination programme (a big assumption!). Here at Be-IT, we have an obvious interest in how techie people have reacted to the strange circumstances in which we have found ourselves over the last 20 months or so. I’m glad to report that, according to WorkL (see their chart below), techies are apparently the single happiest group of workers in the country.
I have also to say that this reflects what I found over the course of the pandemic. I speak to many people across our industry, recording many of our conversations, and the overwhelming impression I got was of dynamic, flexible men and women who have risen to the challenges thrown at us all and who, while no less immune to the worries and difficulties, have, generally, come through smiling. This cheerfulness in the face of adversity, coupled with the obvious need for IT to lead the economy out of the slump, makes me optimistic for 2021.
Michael Phair, Operations Director, Be-IT
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