44% of people currently working from home find they are working longer hours than they would in a normal working day, a new survey from IrishJobs.ie shows.

Of those working longer hours, 21% find that they cannot switch off from work, 12% feel that they are working less efficiently and 11% claim to have a heavier workload than usual.

The research from the e-recruitment platform also reveals that 90% of employees surveyed are now working from home in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

It also reveals that 51% of employees find that they are interrupted during their working day by family members, while 22% are dividing their time between a job and home-schooling children.

Daily chores are also proving disruptive, with 21% surveyed finding the washing machine to be a distraction during the working day.

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Almost half of employees choose the kitchen table as their designated workspace, followed by a home office (20%) or a spare room (14%).

When asked if they missed their usual working environment, 79% of employees surveyed stated that they did. Socialising with work colleagues (89%) ranked as the main reason for this.

Other reasons for missing the usual working environment include working at a proper desk (62%) or missing the facilities available within their workplace (25%). 

Orla Moran, General Manager at IrishJobs.ie, said the measures that have been put in place to contain the spread of Covid-19 have undoubtedly changed our normal way of living.

Ms Moran said that while remote working may be a relatively new concept for some, the adaptability of both employees and employers has been remarkable.

"However, it is inevitable that we will all experience dips in morale, motivation and productivity. Employers should look to take reasonable steps to manage this," Ms Moran said. 

"Keeping in touch with employees regularly, offering extra support in managing workload and encouraging them to put clear boundaries around their work and home life, are just some of the ways employers can facilitate this new way of working and ensure that operations remain as normal as possible," she added.