Most remote workers in the U.S. and U.K. report feeling worse after a year of telecommuting during the pandemic because of their working conditions and stress, according to a survey by Egress.

Seventy-three percent of remote workers polled reported feeling worse overall, with 39 percent experiencing more stress, 34 percent feeling more tired and about a fifth saying they are under more pressure to be productive, Egress, a U.K.-based software company, found in the survey.

The poll also showed that most workers (55 percent) prefer to use email far more than other digital channels over the past year, with chat apps such as Microsoft’s Teams ranking second, at 27 percent. Among all digital communication channels, remote workers dislike video-conferencing the most (29 percent).

Employees also are feeling the pressure to be “always on,” the survey showed.  When asked if they feel pressure to use email after work hours, 46 percent said “yes.”

The survey polled 500 IT leaders and 3,000 remote workers across a variety of industries in both countries.

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