The Covid-19 pandemic has initiated an unprecedented shift in the way that organisations operate, with working from home now being common practice. As businesses continue to adapt and begin to consider the utility of home-working for the longer-term, it will be vital to identify the benefits and disadvantages of working from home for both employers and employees alike.
Team East Sussex are keen to support local businesses in improving the experience of home-working, and are collaborating with researchers in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex to identify the needs of employers, employees, and self-employed individuals who work and/or live in East Sussex. In the coming months, we will develop a home-working toolkit for employers, drawing on research evidence and informed by best practice. The first step towards developing this toolkit is to hear about your experience and to identify the breadth and depth of local support needs. Your views are really important to us, and we’d love to hear from you, whether you enjoy working from home or can’t wait to get back to the workplace.
We would be really grateful if you could help us support businesses and home-workers by participating in a short, anonymous, online survey, which asks about home-working experiences, support needs, and perspectives around working from home in the longer-term. If you decide to participate, the survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete, and you will also have the option to enter a prize draw with the chance to win one of four vouchers (worth £50 each), redeemable in a selection of local East Sussex businesses, as a thank you for your time. If you choose to enter the prize draw, your email address will be stored separately to your survey responses and deleted once the prize draw is completed – it will not be possible for your survey responses to be connected to you.
We would also be extremely grateful if you might consider sharing this opportunity with other members of your organisation, if appropriate. The survey can be accessed at https://bit.ly/2Q2TrRe. Please note, the survey will close on Friday 21st May 2021.
This project has been reviewed by the Science and Technology Research Ethics Committee at the University of Sussex and has been approved (ethical review number: ER/LAC25/3). If you have any questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Chapman (School of Psychology, University of Sussex): L.A.Chapman@sussex.ac.uk.