Quarter of Brits Admit to Skyving Whilst Working From Home


Binging on Netflix (37%), sleeping on the job (25%) and household chores (24%) are what Brits working from home are actually doing instead of their day job…

  • 1 in 10 Brits (9.6%) claim not to miss anything about the office
  • More than a third of Brits are working a lot less in terms of hours now they’re working from home (37%)
  •  3% of Brits admitted “I am not working at all and getting away with it”
  • Brits hail team meetings (7%), celebrating colleagues’ birthdays (6%) and the office tea round (6%) the least missed things about going into work

With 8/10 Brits working from home over a third of those staff members confess they are getting away with working fewer hours then they should be according to a recent survey.

The survey, conducted by business card printing experts, instantprint, asked 1,000 British workers questions about their productivity and motivation levels. The results revealed that over a third of respondents are actually watching Netflix (37%) sleeping mid-shift (25%) and doing housework (24%) whilst on the clock with 3% of respondents claiming to be doing nothing and getting away with it.

Unsurprisingly. workers are not keen to return to the office either stating team meetings (7%), colleagues’ birthday celebrations (6%) and the obligatory tea rounds (5%) as the top three reasons they don’t miss being ‘on-site’.


Top 10 Reasons Brits Are Skyving While Working From Home

With line managers nowhere to be seen, it would appear the temptation to procrastinate is too great for workers to resist. Here are the top ten things your teammates are getting up to while they should be hard at work:

  • Watching Netflix
  • Napping mid-shift
  • Household chores
  • Walking the dog
  • Doing online surveys
  • Going outside for a walk
  • Catching up with friends and family
  • Running errands (like popping to the shops)
  • Cooking or baking
  • Exercise videos

On keeping employees engaged with their workplace, Head of instantprint Jon Constantine-Smith said:

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown up lots of challenges for businesses and for lots of people working from home is one of them. A majority of people are working harder than ever but it is clear that some are taking advantage of their employers by doing less than normal or in some cases nothing at all.

Despite our entire office team working remotely, we have managed our people in the same way. We have retained our previous KPIs and maintained nearly all reporting so we are monitoring staff performance closely. We have continued to set our team’s objectives and milestones and discussed them in daily check-ins to ensure everything in on track as well as giving us a forum to discuss challenges and how we can overcome them.”