Is working from home likely to become the norm?

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There are many employees who cannot wait to return to work from the office and there are those that are either apprehensive of going back to the office and those who have become used to working from home. Apprehensive employees are concerned about COVID 19 and the risks they perceive as connected to going into the workplace. Other employees are enjoying the flexibility, not having to spend time on traveling or even spending time getting ready! Employees are finding that they have a much better work-life balance.

Many employees have moved to using Zoom, Skype, teams and other technology to keep in touch with colleagues, hold meetings inside and outside the company. Individuals have found new ways of working which lead to greater productivity.

On the flipside, some employers will find that the productivity level of some employees has remained the same or been higher. Employers can also benefit by not having employees based in the office and reducing costs whether this be from reduced rents for large office spaces or even small costs such as providing tea/coffee or parking facilities. Sickness absence levels may reduce too. Employers need to consider monitoring staff through tasks rather than 9-5 time.

It is likely that there are going to be more flexible working requests and especially as the 2017 Taylor Review said that “Encouraging flexible work is good for everyone and has been shown to have a positive impact on productivity, worker retention and quality of work”. The Working Hours Act 2020 in Finland now gives employees the flexibility of having a working hours’ bank and the employee can decide when and where he or she works for at least half of their working hours.

If anyone wants a hand with new flexible working requests then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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