“Working From Home” Reaches New Dimension: A Third Admit Working In Bed

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any sadder, Infosecurity Europe has revealed the results of its latest street survey which uncovered the vast amount of time people spend working in bed. With 35% of people saying that they or their partners work from bed, it is unsurprising that people complain they don’t feel work ever stops.

In fact, 5% of people who say they do work from bed, admit to averaging two hours a day! Of those admitting that they worked in bed, nearly three quarters (73%) were men The survey was commissioned by Infosecurity Europe in the run up to the 2012 event taking place from the 24th – 26th April 2012, in Earls Court, London.

Claire Sellick, Event Director for Infosecurity Europe said, “Mobile devices and laptops have delivered great freedom by enabling people to work when they are out of the office or on the move – but surely the fact that so many people are now working from bed is just going too far!

“But on the darker side, this survey reveals the scale of the problem for IT security departments who have to secure sensitive communications or transactions, wherever they are being made. Of people who work from a mobile device, more than 1 in 4 admitted they don’t use strong security – so they are leaving themselves vulnerable to security breaches,” she continued.

When surveyed, Tim Howard, 37, said “I check and send emails before I go to sleep and when I wake up in the morning – I try not to spend too much time on it, but when you work with people all around the world, it is difficult to avoid.” He isn’t alone – of those people who said they do work from bed, 30% say they do an hour or more a day – which quickly adds up over the course of a week or month!

Infosecurity Europe commissioned a street survey of 1,000 people conducted in London 26-30 March 2012.

Is this old news to you? Do you regularly work in bed? Please don’t send me pictures, I’ll believe you!

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Christian Harris is editor and publisher of BCW. Christian has over 20 years' publishing experience and in that time has contributed to most major IT magazines and Web sites in the UK. He launched BCW in 2009 as he felt there was a need for honest and personal commentary on a wide range of business computing issues. Christian has a BA (Hons) in Publishing from the London College of Communication.