An increasing number of UK employees have become stressed, tired and unhappy in the face of modern technology, new research reveals.
At the same time, they are suspicious of colleagues who work from home, according to research by communications solutions provider Jabra.
The survey of 1,000 UK employees in office-based companies found that 75% of UK workers suffer from work-related anxieties, with 33% saying that they felt undervalued and 20% isolated. About 29% admitted to feeling stressed, while 24% said they felt exhausted.
The findings also reveal that only 40% of workers said they have the correct devices to do their job, while 41% said they would consider switching jobs if they were given poor quality devices. .
Andrew Doyle, managing director at Jabra’s business solutions, said: "Transformation in the workplace is creating entirely new challenges that need to be addressed.
Jabra said that home-based workers had experienced better overall wellbeing, although their distance bred suspicion among office-based colleagues.
About 55% of workers said that home-based workers creates mistrust in the office, with 11% admitting they had gossip, 31% saying that home-based workers undertake personal tasks and 13% that they ‘do not work as hard.’
Another 33% said that working at home could put your career at risk.
"Employers need to examine reports such as "GenM 2013: One Year On", to understand how the changing world of work affects how employees relate to one another, and ultimately how productive they could," he said.
"Jabra recommends employers consider making room for flexible-working practices and allow for more worker-employer dialogue, where practical," he added.