Sleeping on the job: Almost two-fifths of Gen Z take work calls in bed

Men three times as likely to ‘work from bed’ as women

Bristol, UK, 6 September 2023 — Gen Z is taking ‘work from anywhere’ quite literally, with almost two-fifths (38%) joining work calls from their beds – almost double the amount of the average worker (22%).

Additionally, men are almost three times as likely as women to work from this comfortable location – just 6% of women admitted to working from their beds versus 17% of men.

According to global research from semiconductor company, XMOS, that’s not the only unusual location employees make calls from. A further 8% admitted to joining virtual meetings from the bathroom!

Despite these confessions, workers still feel limited in the locations from which they can work. A third (33%) wish they could make calls from less traditional working environments, but feel that technology doesn’t allow for it. This jumps to over two-fifths (42%) for 25-34-year-olds.

A further fifth (22%) experience daily issues with their remote working set-up – rising to more than a quarter (29%) for younger employees. This situation is infuriating users. Over two-fifths (44%) say it’s annoying that the technology doesn’t ‘just work’, 14% have stopped using virtual conferencing tools altogether – and 13% have even broken something in anger.

Commenting on the findings, Aneet Chopra, EVP Marketing and Product Management at XMOS, said: “In a world where remote working is now an expectation, people should be able to make calls from wherever they want – within reason! Unfortunately, while the desire for more flexibility is there, conferencing technology cannot support this demand. And it’s causing significant frustrations.

“The fact that about 20% of people are turning their backs on or even breaking tools due to anger over poor performance should be a real worry for manufacturers. Especially when there are credible technologies available, delivering a solution to the problem.

“Working from literally anywhere can be made as stress-free as possible by listening to and addressing user demands. This will not just benefit today’s workers, but future-proof businesses for the demands and expectations of the workforce of tomorrow.” 

XMOS believes that that the answer to these audio challenges lies in equipping manufacturers, engineers, and designers with the components to insert high quality audio into their conferencing applications without compromising on performance or time-to-market. The XVF3800 four-microphone voice processor has been designed specifically for this purpose, excelling in speakerphones, video bars, conferencing devices, and more.

To find out more about how XMOS is providing manufacturers with the solutions they need to solve many audio-based user frustrations, visit the company’s Remote Possibilities research report and discover how conferencing technology can empower the modern workforce:



About XMOS

A deep tech company at the leading edge of the intelligent internet of things (IoT), XMOS addresses the evolving market need for flexible compute to serve an ever-widening range of smart things including voice, imaging, and ambient sensing.

The company’s uniquely flexible xcore processors allow product designers to architect system-on-chip solutions purely in software, enabling faster time to market with differentiated systems that are cost-effective and energy efficient.

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