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Over three-quarters of employers say they are prepared for a phased return to workplace settings

  • Over three quarters (76%) of organisations say they are prepared for a phased return to workplace settings
  • 44% of employers expect some of their workforce to return to workplace settings when permitted, whilst a fifth (20%) say it is too early to plan a return
  • Close to half (45%) of workers expect to see remote working continue after lockdown

Over three quarters (76%) of organisations say they are prepared for a phased return to workplace settings according to a new research by recruiting experts, Hays.

Based on a survey of over 16,200 UK employers and professionals, Hays found that whilst 44% of employers expect some of their staff to return to workplace settings, a fifth (30%) say it is too early to plan a return. A quarter (25%) of employers in Greater London say it is too early to plan a return to the workplace, above all other regions in the UK.

Employers expect to be challenged by remote working agreements

As the transition back to workplace settings is set to begin first for construction and manufacturing businesses, employers expect the greatest accompanying challenge to be organising remote working agreements (22%) as staff are likely to be split working from the office and working from home, dependent on office size, location and personal preference.

Expected challenges match up to the long-term changes employers are planning to make to their workplace as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Over two-fifths (44%) of organisations are planning to change their flexible working policies, over a third (34%) expect to keep new communication and collaboration tools and over a fifth (23%) expect to both change their team structures and change their communications approach.

Close to a fifth (19%) expect to eventually reduce their office space, and 18% expect to increase their investment in technology.

Simon Winfield, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland, comments: “Over three-quarters of organisations say they are prepared for a phased return to workplace settings, having had more time to consider their approach in contrast to the swift exit from the workplace that many employers experienced. There’s lots for employers to tackle over the coming weeks and it is positive they are already on the front foot.

Alongside considerable health and safety measures, many employers will need to put together remote working arrangements and new policies, which will likely see an enhanced hybrid model of working on a scale that’s never been seen before. It’s clear that employees are showing more of a propensity to want to work from home more often, regardless of how long we remain in lockdown, so organisations need to put their focus here going forward, along with a greater focus on wellbeing.”

 

For more information contact:

Helen Flannery, PR Manager, Hays

T: +44 (0) 203 0400 282

M: +44 (0)75 5579 70401

E: helen.flannery@hays.com

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