A guide to work anywhere
A guide to working anywhere
In a post-pandemic world, we want to work anywhere. That means better workplaces that meet two challenges employees’ desire for flexible working and companies’ requirement to respond nimbly to customer needs and business opportunities.
Hybrid working models that combine both on-site and remote working are undeniably popular with employees and gaining traction with employers, too.
A recent report on the future of remote working from McKinsey indicates 52% of workers would prefer a more flexible post-pandemic working model.
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A survey by Morgan Lovell suggests 69% of workers want to work in an office at least three to four days a week, and reports that social contact was missed most by 67% of office workers working from home, while more than a third (34%) missed the chance to collaborate with colleagues.
Certain high-profile businesses like Goldman Sachs have determined working from home is not sustainable. But many employers, including Standard Chartered Bank, Captia, Nationwide, Nokia and Deloitte, support the idea of working remotely. Research from the BBC shows 43 out of 50 major UK firms are willing to embrace hybrid working.
Businesses that embrace hybrid working believe it could lead to optimised productivity and output, a better quality of work, and improved creativity and collaboration.
Indeed, some workers argue working from home (WFH) has made them more productive. A study commissioned by Theta Global Advisors shows over half (51%) of British workers agree
the quality of their work or productivity improved during the pandemic due to increased employer empathy, flexibility and working from home.
In comparison, nearly 40% of Brits say an enforced return to prepandemic office norms would hinder their performance.
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Defining and communicating goals
With a clear plan, organisations can turn the potential productivity and efficiency benefits that can result from hybrid working into a reality, but they need to be sure that they communicate their plans early and clearly to employees.
Sarah Moore from business management consultant Baker Stuart said: “It’s important to understand what the organisational goals are, as well as the needs and perceptions of the people within an organisation. Then, companies can create a high-level understanding of how, where and when people work in the future – within which the framework of hybrid working will sit.”
But how should businesses go about this, and what are the challenges employers and employees face as we plan for post-pandemic working?
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