People Management reported on 6th May that half of workers expect to work from home going forward.

Almost half (45 per cent) of workers expect to work more flexibly after lockdown restrictions on UK businesses are lifted, according to research.

The survey, conducted by O2, ICM and YouGov, predicted employees will be reluctant to give up working remotely after lockdown, with many believing their employer will permanently change their approach to flexible working as a result of the crisis.

A third (33 per cent) of respondents expected to work from home at least three days a week after lockdown, and 81 per cent expected to work remotely at least one day a week

The research coincided with a separate survey by Willis Towers Watson which found employees had remained productive while working from home despite the challenges posed by the crisis.

Only 15 per cent of the 996 employers surveyed said remote working had impacted employee productivity negatively, while 27 per cent said there had been a small negative impact. A further 15 per cent said home working during the pandemic had not impacted staff productivity.

More than two-thirds of companies (67 per cent) said three-quarters (75 per cent) of their organisation was working remotely because of Covid-19. A majority (87 per cent) felt they now had the technology and resources in place to work productively and remotely for an extended period. This was despite just over half (56 per cent) of employers reporting less than a tenth of their workforce worked remotely before the crisis.

To read the full and original article visit People Management website.

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