Could Flexible Working Requests Soar After Lockdown?

Companies could never have predicted they would have to make arrangements for all their staff to work from home for months on end; however, when the coronavirus crisis hit the UK, this is exactly what businesses around the country had to do.

Now that millions of employees have become used to working from home, using VoIP telephone systems to communicate effectively with their colleagues, there could be a surge in demand for flexible working arrangements in the future.

According to 02 Business’s report entitled the Flexible Future of Work, being able to do the same work at home as they would in the office has become increasingly appealing over the last couple of months.

Indeed, almost half of workforces think flexible working will increase after lockdown comes to an end, with a third expecting to increase the amount they work from home by at least three days a week and 81 per cent anticipating they will be able to do so one day a week. 

Director business sales and service at 02 Katy Liddell said: “Demand for flexible working and the role of technology in our working life is accelerating during lockdown, and how this might shape the future of the workforce. What’s clear is the ever-critical role connectivity will continue to play in our working lives going forward, wherever we are working from.”

Indeed, ironing out communication issues at the beginning of lockdown, such as introducing the likes of telephone and video conference calls to replace staff meetings, was essential in enabling remote working to become as efficient and effective as attending the office.

Chief executive of Barclays Jes Staley was also quoted by The Guardian as saying having the entire workforce in an office environment “may be a thing of the past”.

She stated: “We will find ways to operate with more distancing over a much longer period of time.”

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