74% of survey respondents plan to keep higher levels of remote workers
06 October 2020
A poll of 958 company directors, conducted in September 2020 by the Institute of Directors (IoD), found that 74% have planned to retain higher levels of remote working, which came about originally as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and UK wide lockdown.
43% of responders advised that they would maintain other forms of flexible working such as flexi-time and compressed hours.
53% also advised that their organisations are intending to reduce the use of physical workplace in the long term, with 21% reporting that the use of a workplace would be significantly lower when compared to before the outbreak. By comparison only 5% advised that this would increase and just 30% said the use would remain unchanged.
Amongst those that had been using their workplace less, prior to the government reasserting the message to ‘work from home where you are able to’, 44% said working from home was more effective when compared to how they were previously operating.
Following on from these findings, the IoD have warned that the possibility of increased home working could raise issues around the responsibilities of employers to staff outside the office.
Roger Barker, director of policy at the IoD, said:
“Working from home didn’t work for everyone, and employers needed to be alive to the downsides.
Managing teams remotely can prove far from straightforward, and directors must make sure they are going out of their way to support employees’ mental wellbeing.
The UK has long needed to up its game when it comes to management skills, and the pandemic has only made this more pressing. It’s crucial that the government targets this key area, ensuring businesses and their people can make use of accessible courses that reflect their skills needs.”
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