Some interesting stats below thanks to @CathyLSmyth @2CirclesTelecom
- 74% of companies planning to permanently shift to more remote working post Covid
- 45% of people desire flexible working to promote a greater work/life balance and 38% want the flexibility to work at a time that suits them
- The average commute in the UK is 31 minutes one way. When you consider that 61% of us commute daily, that’s a lot of time spent getting to work each week. If full-time workers worked one day less at the office, each person would travel 1526 miles less and save £449.70 a year!
- Aside from salary, flexibility is ranked as the most important benefit by workers with 67% of employees placing flexible working within their top five benefits.
- Organisations are migrating to cloud applications, so we can carry on working from where we left off, on any device, anywhere. By 2022, 55–60% of organisations will use an external service provider’s cloud managed service, up from 30% in 2018
This article clearly highlights the benefits in flexible working for both the employer and employee. We all by now acknowledge these benefits but also understand that it is more challenging when it comes to collaboration and of course we miss that little bit of gossip!
Technology certainly makes it possible to achieve greater flexibility at work. I agree that a hybrid model works best going forward.
The National Lockdown turned the way many businesses operate on its head. According to the Office of National Statistics, 5% of the UK workforce was regularly working from home in 2019 (1). COVID-19 has obviously increased that figure dramatically. There is a wealth of evidence that remote working is here to stay; many businesses were surprised by how effectively their people could work remotely, with 74% of companies planning to permanently shift to more remote working after the pandemic (2). We are now expecting to see a second surge in demand for remote-working solutions as businesses search for support in achieving a seamless transfer between working locations. So why are businesses changing their view on flexible and why is it here to stay?