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30 May, 2022 - 13:21 By Tony Quested

Cisco highlights massive upside of working from home

NASDAQ tech giant Cisco has delivered the second major study in a week by a US gamechanger underlining the huge benefits of people being allowed to work from home.

Following last week’s report from Citrix, the Cisco study is another torpedo blast for PM Boris Johnson’s call for UK workers to get back to the office.

Employees say hybrid work makes them happier and more productive and calls for more to be done to make it more inclusive.

Commissioned by Cisco and conducted by Dynata, the research included 28,000 full-time employees from 27 countries, touching every continent other than Antarctica. The study was conducted between January and March 2022.

The study says that 78 per cent of people claimed to have saved money while working from home and on average save up to £6,785 a year, which they say goes a long way to digging their families out of the cost of living crisis.

  • 79 per cent of employees say the ability to work from anywhere has made them happier
  • 57 per cent felt their productivity has enhanced
  • 6 out of 10 employees say that both productivity AND quality of work have improved by hybrid working
  • Only 1 in 5 employees feel their organisation is ‘very prepared’ for hybrid working and that more could be done to make it universally acceptable.

In a nutshell, Cisco says that hybrid working has helped improve employee wellbeing, work-life balance and performance across the UK.  

Jen Scherler-Gormley, head of People and Communities, Cisco UK & Ireland, said: “It is clear that hybrid working is here to stay and for good reason as employees and businesses alike see tangible benefits across key indicators – from improved overall employee wellbeing to better productivity and work performance.

“Nonetheless, more needs to be done to fully leverage the opportunities of a hybrid work future, particularly in building an inclusive culture, devising employee engagement strategies, and deploying technology infrastructure to bring organisations to the readiness levels of their employees.”

Cisco's research examined the impact of hybrid working across five categories of wellbeing – emotional, financial, mental, physical, and social wellbeing.

Time away from the office has improved work-life balance for 78 per cent of employees. More flexible work schedules (57 per cent) and significantly reduced or completely removed commuting times (63 per cent) contributed to this improvement.

Nearly two-thirds of people saved at least four hours per week when they worked from homeand over a quarter saved eight or more hours a week.

Forty-three per cent ranked 'time with family, friends, and pets' as the top choice for how they reinvested this extra time. This has enhanced social wellbeing, with a significant majority (65 per cent) indicating that remote working has improved family relationships and about half of respondents reporting strengthened relationships with friends.

Also, around two-thirds of respondents believe their physical fitness has improved with remote working and that hybrid working has positively impacted their eating habits.

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