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Over a third of UK workers ‘forced to commute’ during the heatwave

As the heatwave continues across the UK, over a third (37%) of workers have no choice but to brave a sweaty commute and potentially unpredictable workplace temperatures due to the fact that their employers are demanding they travel to the office or physical place of work. This is according to research from business communications company, Fuze.

Despite having to travel in uncomfortable temperatures to a workplace, 84% of workers think they would be just as productive working from home, the beach, or even more adventurous locations - if they were provided with the right technology to do so.

The top five most appealing locations to work from are listed as:

From home – 83% In a café or bar – 42% The beach – 39% In a park – 37% By the pool – 34%

Other, slightly more ‘out there’ places to work which appealed to the UK workforce include a campsite (29%) and even a safari lodge (30%).

Commenting on these research findings, Bradlee Allen, Product Marketing Manager at Fuze said: “During the high temperatures this week, many workers have not been given the opportunity or the tools to work more flexibly. With the government issuing a health warning because of the heat, the impact of this goes far beyond commuting nightmares and sweltering offices.

“Our research shows that workers are confident in their ability to work productively from anywhere. If businesses have the right technology in place and a company culture that supports more flexible working practices, unnecessary stress and discomfort can be easily avoided.”

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