What are the main distractions that homeworkers face?

Regus UK CEO Richard Morris

By now, most of the connected world has viewed the footage of the children bursting in on dad’s TV interview, mum skidding into view to frantically drag the runaway rascals back through the door.

For those professionals that work regularly from home, not many will have experience of broadcasting live to the nation from the living room, but video-conferencing is commonplace and equally open to the embarrassment of interruption.

In a recent survey conducted by Regus, 65% of Bristol professionals nominated children or family demanding attention as a major distraction and 41% specifically mentioned children, family and pets disturbing work telephone calls. 32% cited distractions from household noises such as door bells or the rumble of the washing machine.

Technology drawbacks such as accessing the printer or copier is recognised as an issue for 32% of professionals and 30% still battle with a slow or unreliable internet connection.

Conversely, 48% believe that working in a professional environment near to their home can increase productivity.

UK CEO Richard Morris comments: “Working flexibly involves working out of a professional space that is typically near to the employee and that is specifically geared towards convenience, comfort and productivity. Working from home might offer convenience but too often comfort and productivity take a back-seat.

“Employers are right to think flexibly in order to boost the wellbeing and productivity of employees. However, the strategy should be to look for workspace that is close to home but which gets professionals out of the house and away from all domestic distractions.

“Certainly, workers will welcome the odd day spent operating from the home environment but our study suggests that if this pattern becomes the norm, performance may suffer as a result.”