During lockdown, millions of people around the world started working from home for the first time – and many of us don’t want to go back.
Dropbox, Square and Twitter are just a few of the big names that will allow employees to work remotely forever.
For some people, working from home might mean fewer pointless meetings, less time commuting, and more time with family. But are the changes really that positive? And what can employers do to look after their staff when they only see them on video calls?
The trouble with remote working
According to a survey by Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity, 80% of Brits feel that working from home has negatively impacted their mental health. And from our own data here at LYS, we’ve seen how screen-time has increased and our internal clocks have drifted.
For many, it seems that working from home isn’t so freeing after all. Instead, it can lead to loneliness, lack of routine and being stuck indoors all day – problems that are only likely to get worse as we move into winter.
As we head into what could be a difficult few months, it’s clear that employers urgently need to take active steps to look after the wellbeing of their staff.
How LYS helps employees WFH
LYS Workplace Wellbeing is a science-based wellbeing programme that helps employees improve their sleep, energy levels and mood.
Inspired by the latest research in circadian rhythms, the programme uses wearable light sensors together with an in-app coaching plan.
Users track their light intake to discover how their everyday environment affects their health. With personalised advice and detailed Light Diet® reports, users are nudged towards small changes in their behaviour and routine that can make a big difference to their wellbeing.
In just 2 weeks, the average LYS user reports:
- 20% improvement in sleep quality
- 17% increase in energy levels
- 50% exposure to natural light
Learn how world-leading companies use LYS Workplace Wellbeing to boost productivity and employee wellbeing.