Research Digested – The Anatomy of Work: Remote Teams, Asana


A snapshot of useful research for L&D and workplace professionals.

About the research

Asana surveyed 1,016 adults in the UK to understand the impact of working remotely through the Covid-19 lockdown.

Standout stats

This research shows the impact remote working is having on employees. It shows that employees are working at different times of the day, in different ways and with a set of new remote working-related challenges.

In terms of working routine, 30% say they are starting their working day earlier, 27% are working later in the evening and 24% are working while juggling other priorities such as childcare.

Childcare is a huge challenge with 85% of UK employees with school-age children balancing homeschooling with work. These employees are starting work later (16%), starting work earlier (32%) are blocking out time over lunch to be with their family (41%). Nearly four in five (79%) say this situation is significantly impacting their work.

When it comes to remote work set-up, 67% of employees did not have at least one of the following: a desk to work from, PC/laptop or a reliable internet connection. And 35% are working predominantly from a dining/kitchen table, while 20% are getting their job done from their sofa.

Remote working life is collaborative, with 62% of full-time workers having increased their use of collaboration tools such as Slack, Zoom and Microsoft Teams. But it is also stressful – Self-discipline (45%), stress about the current health and/or economic situation (36%) and “feeling like I can’t switch off” (23%) all impacting on work.

Final word

This data provides great insights for L&D teams. If colleagues are working at different times of the day, in different ways with a set of new remote working-related challenges, then what does this mean for L&D?

Report reading time: 3 minutes

Media: Article

Read the report here.