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Home work environment causes longer hours than before pandemic

Working from home sees more time added
Working from home sees more time added
New statistics suggest family time is spent working

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Though COVID-19 is restricting, it may not be limiting work time from home. Recently gathered research collected during the pandemic reflects that home-working employees in the United Kingdom, Austria, Canada and U.S. have seen an increase in hours compared to before.

Per NordVPN Teams, a New York-based company that provides virtual private networks (VPNs) to businesses, noticed that home working has led to a 2.5-hour increase in the average working day in the aforementioned countries.

Employees in the U.K. and Netherlands were found to be "working until 8pm, regularly logging off later than usual to wrap up an extended working day."

The United Kingdom and the Netherlands stand out, with employees "working until 8pm, regularly logging off later than usual to wrap up an extended working day," it added.

However, employees in Denmark, Belgium and Spain initially recorded a spike in working hours but have since returned to their pre-pandemic timetable, NordVPN Teams said in a statement.

NordVPN Teams, which works with more than 10,000 companies, looked at the amount of data being sent via servers to calculate employees' working hours.

The company recorded "no significant drop of business VPN usage at lunch time indicating potential short lunch breaks while working remotely," it added.

It also noticed a 41% increase in business VPN server traffic on Thanksgiving compared with the average weekend, which the company says "suggests that people are spending their family time working."

While server data can't distinguish between work and personal use, NordVPN said it was confident its research reflects longer working hours.

"Technically, somebody could perform personal tasks while logged into their business VPN, but we find employees usually treat work resources carefully and more often than not use them appropriately," Auste Valikonyte, a spokeswoman for the company, told CNN.

"There are personal VPNs on the market which are typically used for personal purposes."

Separate research from Wildgoose, a firm that offers virtual team-building experiences for businesses, found that 55% of UK employees say they have been expected to work outside their regular hours while working from home, and 74% have suffered fatigue, stress or burnout during the pandemic.

Wildgoose spoke to employees from 133 UK companies and found 44% said their workload had increased while working from home, and 31% reported an impact on their mental health, such as feeling depressed, anxious or exhausted since shifting to home working during the pandemic.

"While we've all grown used to home working as the pandemic has continued, it continues to present huge challenges in maintaining the right work/life balance," Wildgoose managing director Jonny Edser said in a statement.

"With increased workloads and a worrying trend of working through sickness, people's jobs are becoming ever more blurred with their home lives at a time when it's crucial the two remain distinct from each other."

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