A recent survey by Acas highlights that hybrid working continues to be popular amongst employees, showing that 60% of employers have seen an increase in hybrid working for staff compared to before the Covid-19 pandemic.
The conciliation and arbitration body commissioned YouGov to ask British businesses about changes to working practices that they have seen compared to before the pandemic. Not only did this highlight the rise in hybrid working, but the poll also found that more than half of employers (52%) have seen an increase in staff working from home full-time.
HR Team co-director, Breda Cullen, said: “Many businesses adapted to new ways of working during the pandemic, and it’s not surprising that most employers have seen an increase in home and hybrid working among their staff.”
“There are clear benefits to these types of flexible working arrangements, such as helping businesses attract and retain staff.
“However, employers will need to recognise that there will be staff that are eager to get back to how they were working before Covid-19 and that hybrid or home working may not be practical for everyone. Employers should ensure that staff who work remotely have access to the same opportunities as those who are physically in a workplace.”
Guidance For Employers On Hybrid Working
Employers can approach hybrid working to maximise the benefits for their organisation and employees. Below are some key steps to take:
- Consider a trial period to see if it works and if any further adjustments to arrangements are needed.
- A company hybrid working policy should be in place to explain how someone can request it, how job roles will be assessed and how decisions will be made. It can also include principles such as allowing remote working for a maximum number of days per week.
- Have clear communication channels in place, so managers can engage with their remote workforce as easily as people in the office and vice versa
Many employers are keen to embrace remote or hybrid working to afford their staff a better work-life balance whilst saving on costly office space expenses.
Employees are also reducing their outgoings on commuting, and appreciating employers supporting their lifestyles and personal circumstances. With more employees working from home than ever before, it’s crucial employers take steps to ensure their remote workplaces are safe and comfortable.
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