Local economies are benefitting from the rise in homeworking, with 25% of homeworkers spending at least once a day at their local coffee shop or café, according to Vodafone research.
The study, which surveyed 1,003 small business employees, also found that working from home has not hindered productivity, with 40% of workers putting in an average of 642 additional hours, equal to 26 extra days, since lockdown began back in March.
60% of employees said they’re working in the time they’d usually be commuting, and 61% say they now don’t mind picking up tasks at any time of the day; and 40% say they’ve been more productive than when they were working in the office.
Anne Sheehan, Business Director, Vodafone UK said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has reshaped the working world, seemingly for the long-term. Workers are now contributing more where they live, and that will be a boost to local businesses during these difficult times.”