Which Workers Are Going Back to Work?
As the UK government continues to encourage workers to return to their workplaces, there have been several studies carried out on the subject. These pieces of research look at how the period of lockdown spent at home has affected us all and how the country’s return to work is progressing.
The Results So Far
According to one survey that was recently released, an overall total of 39% of British workers said that they are worried about the mental and physical health effects of going back to work.
15% of the respondents believe that the Covid-19 pandemic will have a negative effect, due to businesses being overly cautious in terms of their approach to health and safety. On the other hand 29% think that it will be positive because companies will take their safety more seriously than before.
This ties in with the 22% of workers who believe that taking health and safety more seriously is the best approach to improving the working environment. 23% of people think that this can be done by being open and more honest.
In terms of stress, it was revealed that the city with the highest level of work-related stress is Liverpool, followed by Brighton and then Bristol. Manchester is the poorest British city for depression, with Plymouth and Southampton coming next.
More Companies Slowly Getting Back to Normal
The Daily Mail has also reported that the drive to get Britain back to work is gathering pace. They carried out of a survey of 30 major companies, many of them in the FTSE 100, that employ over 150,000 workers across the country.
The overall results showed that these businesses are now seeing the attendance levels of employees starting to slowly rise. Some report up to a third of the normal amount of office staff back at their desks but there is a long way to go to achieve normal levels.
Another survey comes from the AA, with their findings showing that 54% of senior or middle managers are staying at home to work instead of driving to the office. They suggest that better transport options and a lower London congestion charge would help get more of us back to work.
These numbers follow on from reports last week that 17% of employees have gone back to their workplaces in the UK’s 63 biggest cities. It is thought that more businesses could move away from having big offices in central locations, though.
The Construction Industry Improves Effectiveness
Data from research carried out by Loughborough University has revealed that the productivity levels of the country’s construction sites have fallen as social distancing measures have been introduced.
Sites have been forced to introduce new safety measures to avoid the spread of the virus, but this has to be done together with the continued use of existing safety equipment such as a step unit or ladder.
However, the positive part of the news is that individual and team effectiveness have increased due to better planning, less waiting time and more space to work in. They also found that the use of technology has led to improvements in efficiency.