Workers spent $1,138 on average to set up WFH stations

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Workers spent $1,138 on average to set up WFH stations

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A new survey commissioned by Lenovo found 40% of respondents paid an average of $1,138 to set up working from home stations.

The survey, conducted by YouGov from 30 July to 4 August, consisted of 712 adults who work for companies with 100-plus employees.

Just under half of respondents (47%) also want their employers to support flexible working arrangements, while more than two thirds agreed companies need to adopt newer technologies to remain competitive.

Eighty per cent also experienced technology issues when setting up WFH stations.

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Managing director of Lenovo ANZ Matt Codrington said employers had to move quickly to start work from home policies during COVID-19.

"This year has been the catalyst for the acceleration of flexible working," he said.

"Our research shows that office workers common concerns show businesses need to ensure their staff can access the right technology and support to truly maximise the productivity benefits of flexible working."

Of the concerns about working from home, the number one concern among respondents was technology challenges (36%), followed by maintaining relationships with colleagues (32%).

Conversely, 29% also said the challenge was to manage work effectively. 

Mr Codrington said WFH is here to stay.

"Workers have had a taste of true work/life balance and many will want it to continue," he said.

"If companies are to continue to be productive and be as profitable as possible into the future, then adapting quickly to using new services and technologies is necessary."

One company that reached out to Savings.com.au said its workers saved an average of about 12 hours a week not having to commute into their office.


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Harrison is Savings.com.au's Assistant Editor. Prior to joining Savings in January 2020, he worked for some of Australia's largest comparison sites and media organisations. With a keen interest in the economy, housing policy, and personal finance, Harrison is passionate about breaking down complex financial topics for the everyday consumer.

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