"Not being in the physical presence of colleagues means many people feel unable to take a break and step away from their workstations, with over a third (36%) of home workers feelings as though they always have to be at their computer to respond quickly."
Nuffield Health, 2020
"Research has shown that loneliness and isolation can be twice as harmful to physical and mental health as obesity."
"60% of UK employees ‘never’ worked from home before the pandemic, now just 9% want to work from the office fulltime in the future."
"The workplace post-Covid needs to be different. It must, in a joined up holistic way, meet the mental, physical, financial, social and environmental needs of the workers, as well as the purposes of the organisation.
The ‘watercooler’ is where you can gather, to join things together, make connections, learn from colleagues’ experiences, and find the right solutions for your organisation whatever its size and shape."
Professor Dame Carol Black, DBE, FRCP BSD
"Women’s job satisfaction and motivation at work have been severely impacted since the start of the pandemic, with only 32% telling us they currently feel satisfied and motivated at work, compared to 70% before COVID-19."
"The pandemic has demonstrated that ways of working can change overnight. Working from home and hybrid working have created opportunities for taking a more inclusive and individual approach to designing 'good jobs' that enhance wellbeing. Good work is the key to achieving sustainable wellbeing. We need a time and place to share insights and learnings about the future of work, and that’s why The Watercooler is so essential right now."
Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community