January 2022: Recent studies that have found money can buy happiness[i] appear to have been substantiated in a new survey of the employees of the UK’s small businesses[ii]. As work from home guidance is lifted, people earning over £40k might be lamenting the easing of restrictions. In the study, these higher income earners were most likely to enjoy working from home and reported lower physical and mental health concerns and worries than lower income workers.
In fact, 26% of those earning over £40k said they felt healthier working from home – the highest proportion of any income group studied. Just 14% expressed concerns about their mental health compared to 27% in the £10k-£19,999k income group. The study was conducted by Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance, the UK’s only provider of personal guarantee insurance to small business owners.
Overall, the study found that 27% have enjoyed working from home during the pandemic and there was no difference between men and women in this respect. However, 23% have worked longer hours than prior to the pandemic, 24% have found it hard to switch off at the end of the day and 20% have found it hard to concentrate. Women more than men found it harder to switch off at the end of the day while men found it harder to concentrate working from home.
Women reported higher levels of stress and anxiety than men and had more worries over money but both men and women were on a par when asked if they were worried about their mental health with 1 in 5 expressing concern.
Todd Davison, MD of Purbeck Insurance Services said: “A return to the office will be welcomed by some more than others and those on higher incomes may find the adjustment difficult. It’s going to be a challenging time for small businesses as they try to return to some semblance of normality and keep staff happy and motivated. Small business owners are also conscious of the ‘great resignation’ plus the rising cost of living and will be keen to ensure they can financially reward workers in the coming year. This will add further pressure to balance sheets. It’s therefore crucial firms focus on their financial resilience, chasing hard on late payments and sourcing new funding where necessary to see them through, what for many will be a make or break year.”
Notes to Editors
About Purbeck Insurance Services
Purbeck Insurance Services is a Personal Guarantee Insurance specialist supporting Small and Medium sized Enterprises (“SMEs”) and promoting business confidence
Insurance policies backed by Markel International Insurance Company Limited (“Markel”), an A-Rated insurer, as rated by A.M. Best (A), Fitch (A+) and S&P (A). Markel is a shareholder in Purbeck Insurance Services.
Purbeck Insurance Services is directly authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority
Insurance is underwritten by Purbeck Insurance Services, an authorised Managing General Agent (“MGA”) of Markel
Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance is annual insurance policy that provides Director(s) with insurance cover in the event their business lender calls in the Personal Guarantee (provided by the Director(s) as part of raising business finance)
Key features of Personal Guarantee Insurance:
- Premiums are competitively priced and based on individual circumstances
- Cover is available for Personal Guarantees signed to support a wide range of business finance facilities
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[ii] Survey conducted by Gorkana for Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance, January 2022, amongst 500 employees of small businesses in the UK