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Bundles to assist workers in the pandemic

06 August 2020

With more businesses and workplaces across the UK reopening, BiGDUG is responding to research about frustrations around working from home and anxiety about returning to the workplace with safety bundles.

Its Back to Work and Working from Home Bundles are start-up kits suitable for workplaces heading back to the office, and for those still working from home. 

Back to Work 

BiGDUG has seen a huge spike in consumer customers looking for PPE equipment during lockdown, with a sales uplift of over 600% for floor tapes and signage since the start of March. However, a national 2,000 person study commissioned by BiGDUG has revealed 61% feel anxious that workplaces and businesses won’t be set up with enough PPE to ensure safe social distancing measures when they reopen after lockdown, and of those, over half (52%) think this is because workers won’t observe social distancing once back in the office. 

One in two (51%) think that office spaces are too small for social distancing, whilst a third (34%) believe there won’t be sufficient PPE due to employers not caring about the rules. In turn, almost a tenth (9%) of those currently working from home do not feel safe returning to the office, which is most true for 45-54 year olds (14%). As a result, one in 14 (7%) would rather work from home permanently. 

The Back to Work Bundle includes an Indoor Retractable Belt Barrier, Floor Marking Tape, a Counter and Desk Protection Screen, Disposable Face Masks, and 4 Traffic Cones, and is available to purchase on BiGDUG’s website for £306.  

Working from Home 

BiGDUG has seen a spike in sales for WFH solutions, with sales of their Pop up Desk increasing by 390% over a two week period. 

Figures show 18% Brits have had to construct a makeshift work space because they do not have a study. Topping the list of things we’ve hated the most about WFH, nearly a quarter (22%) say they’ve hated not having the correct home office setup, now that we’re without the necessary office equipment.

When it comes to privacy while working at home, a fifth of those surveyed (19%) have hated being interrupted by housemates and family on work video calls, and one in ten (9%) have even admitted they hate working in the same room as their partner. Similarly, one in seven (14%) have felt angered by being interrupted by children whilst trying to work.

As a result, one in eight (12%) say they’ve missed the peace and quiet of their workplace, with their chair coming in as the most missed piece of office equipment (16%), shortly followed by their desktop (14%) and their office desk itself (12%).

The BiGDUG Working from Home Bundle (£83) includes a Pop-up Home Office Desk, as well as a Pop-up Junior Work Activity Desk for the kids. Also included in the kit is BiGDUG’s Pop-up Table Top Partition Screen and Pop-up Desk Divider Partition Screen for Rectangular Desks.

Chris Reilly, managing director at BiGDUG said: “We know that many people will be returning to work in the coming weeks, and many feel nervous about a lack of PPE. We wanted to create a Back to Work Bundle which could be useful to businesses, and provide a range of social distancing and safety solutions, for when people are back in the workplace.

“Equally, we know many across the UK will continue to work from home, and given the problems we’ve faced in these new working environments, we have also created the Working From Home Bundle, to help customers with an array of issues they may be having at home, without the usual office equipment.”