A poll of 1,000 workers, conducted by the Work Foundation and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has found the majority of workers (59%) are happy to speak to their employer about remote and hybrid working.
A similar proportion (54%) indicated that their line managers support was the reason they were comfortable asking for remote working. The survey also found that the vast majority (88%) wanted to continue working remotely at least one day a week.
The research also polled 964 managers, and found that almost two-thirds (65%) reported their organisation already had a remote policy in place. 38% stated that they expected to have a hybrid model where individual employees come into the office at least one day a week. A further 6% plan to introduce a policy by the end of 2021.
While it is encouraging that so much of the workforce are willing to speak to their managers about remote working, it is unsurprising that workers are eager to continue with flexible working arrangements after the pandemic. Given the record number of vacancies across the UK at present, employers failing to embrace flexible working where possible could see their staff move elsewhere. On the flipside, leading the charge with flexible working could make your organisation more attractive to potential recruits. Engaging with employees and formulating policies which allow flexibility without compromising the needs of the business will be of increasing importance in the coming months. Talk to advo today about generating and implementing flexible work policies, and boosting staff engagement.
Original article here.