The Office vs the office – more than one in five homeworkers watch TV during working hours

One in five homeworkers spends part of their working day in front of the television, a new study shows.

Research from work management company Scoro found that 22 percent of people who work from home watch an average of 1 hour and 7 minutes of TV and streaming services per day.

Broken down by sector, HR employees are the biggest culprits with an average of 1 hour and 37 minutes of television viewing.

Meanwhile, workers in Norwich ranked number one on most television shows, with the average homeworker experiencing two hours and two minutes of television per day, while workers in Cardiff were the least susceptible to the fascination of Netflix, watching 39 minutes per day of television on average.

Aside from watching television, workers were also asked about their biggest distractions while working from home.

The most common distractions were preparing drinks (37 percent of respondents), preparing food (33 percent), eating snacks (32 percent), and accessing social media (32 percent).

The study also looked at how overworked people were.

Perhaps surprisingly, despite the challenges they have faced over the past two years, healthcare workers see themselves as the second least revised industry.

Those who work in arts and culture rate themselves as the most overworked, with more than half (54 percent) saying they are working beyond their capacity.

Another seldom mentioned issue of the use of working time was the search for a new job during working hours.

The difference between home work and office work searches was not as pronounced as respondents spent 46 minutes of their home work day looking for a job compared to 42 minutes in the office.

One of the most conclusive findings from the study was that Brits prefer hybrid work over all other forms, with 44 percent preferring a mixed approach at home and office, compared to 36 percent who prefer full remote work and only 17 percent want a return to full-time work in the office.

In fact, nearly a fifth of respondents said they would quit their jobs if asked to return to the office full-time.

Finally, younger workers were most keen to return to the office, with 55 percent of 16 to 24 year olds and 38 percent of 25 to 34 year olds preferring to work in the office.

The survey was carried out on 2000 workers.

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