The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has launched new figures suggesting that over two thirds (66 p.c) of companies surveyed now supply versatile working to staff. The info, from a survey of over 900 companies carried out in April 2021, additionally exhibits practically three quarters of companies count on to have at the very least one worker working remotely over the approaching yr, with the typical expectation amongst these corporations being simply over half of their staff working remotely.
There have been some main sectoral variations within the outcomes – 80 p.c of B2B companies corporations (reminiscent of finance and legislation) have been capable of supply working from residence, whereas solely 61 p.c of producers and 54 p.c of B2C companies corporations (reminiscent of hospitality and retail) provided this. For producers and B2C service corporations 21 p.c weren’t capable of supply any of the versatile working choices proposed, compared to solely 7 p.c of B2B service companies.
Flexitime or staggered hours have been provided by 38 p.c of corporations and half time hours by 36 p.c, whereas working from totally different places was on supply from 32 p.c. Solely 15 p.c provided all jobs versatile as normal and the proportions providing choices reminiscent of job sharing (8 p.c) and self-rostering of shifts (7 p.c) have been low.
When requested what they thought-about limitations to implementing distant working of their companies 55 p.c of corporations mentioned workers morale or psychological well being and well-being. As well as, 30 p.c of respondents pointed to equity to workers whose roles can’t be carried out remotely. Companies additionally cited monitoring productiveness (28 p.c), poor web connectivity (26 p.c) and points with IT (24 p.c) as limitations to implementing distant working.
There have been additional sectoral divides within the responses. As an example, 53 p.c of producers cited requirement for bodily presence to function tools, whist in B2C service corporations the proportion was 35 p.c and B2B service companies solely 16 p.c. 39 p.c of producers additionally cited equity to workers whose roles can’t be carried out remotely, the determine being 29 p.c for B2C service corporations and 25 p.c for B2B companies.
Based on British Chambers of Commerce Head of Individuals Coverage, Jane Gratton, corporations are nonetheless on a studying curve. “Throughout the pandemic, many employers have realized the way to handle and encourage folks working from residence. They’ve additionally skilled some great benefits of an agile workforce, by way of range, abilities and productiveness. It’s important that companies have entry to clear steerage, data and greatest follow sources to assist them embrace the broadest vary of distant, workplace and versatile working choices as we emerge from the pandemic.
“These outcomes present that almost three quarters of corporations will now proceed to learn from a distant working possibility throughout the coming yr.? But it surely’s clear that some corporations and people are dealing with limitations to distant working with many employers involved in regards to the affect on staff morale and worker wellbeing.
“Working from house is not at all the one means through which folks can work flexibly. There are a nice deal of versatile choices accessible to all companies together with these which require onsite presence, for instance, job sharing or self-rostering of shifts. Companies want to draw the most effective folks with the abilities they should achieve success and versatile working allows employers to unlock new swimming pools of expertise. Providing versatile working opens the door for companies to search out the expertise they should gasoline development and rebuild our economic system.”