Written evidence to UK Parliament: The Impact of Coronavirus on Business and Workers
Submitted to the UK Parliamentary Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, in response to the evidence call, “The impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers” August 2020.
Written evidence submitted in collaboration with the eWorklife team, addressing the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on people's wellbeing, including physical activity.
The lockdown instituted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic forced many people in the UK to work from home (remotely). Adapting to remote work and developing effective remote work habits takes time; however, many people had to shift from offices to homes abruptly. Our research shows that these neophyte remote workers experience many challenges.
It is likely that as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic many workers will not return to offices in the foreseeable future and will continue working remotely whilst others will alternate between office and home. In light of this, employers and policymakers need to provide the right support for these workers to protect their wellbeing and productivity and avoid potential ill health or burnout.