UK government urged to give home workers the ‘right to disconnect’

Home-based workers in the UK want greater protections from workplace stresses via a “right to disconnect,” according to recent polls, a reflection of shifting work-life balance concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the UK slowly eases itself out of lockdown, a large proportion of office workers expect to split their time between working from home and the office and want to see safeguards against workplace stress that has led to widespread reports of burnout.

A study from October, commissioned by the flexible workplace provider The Office Group, found that more than half (51%) of the 2,000 UK workers surveyed said they had been working outside of their typical hours since lockdown, with the average British worker putting in an extra 59 hours of work at home — the equivalent of seven working days, over the last five months.

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Source:: Computerworld