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47% expect employers to revert to previous remote working policies following COVID-19 crisis

Over three quarters (77%) of UK workers believe their employers have coped well with transitioning their workforce to be remote in response to the COVID-19 crisis, however, almost half (47%) expect them to revert to previous remote working policies once the crisis was over, according to research by Visier. Only 9% believe their employer has introduced remote working poorly.

Three quarters (75%) of over 1,000 people interviewed for the research revealed that their manager trusts them to be productive at home. Only three in 10 (31%) revealed that their employer has put new processes in place to check up on output. Directly connected to this, 68% of workers think they are either more or equally productive at home and 31% reported that their work-life balance had become easier since isolation began. Despite 47% expecting employers to revert to old policies following the crisis, 28% felt their employer wouldn’t go back to working as before.

 “It reflects positively on the UK’s HR industry that workers think companies who are new to remote working have handled a tough situation so well. These companies have had to transform themselves overnight and tackle major cultural and technological obstacles. They deserve real credit for their adaptability under real pressure,” said Jan Schwarz, co-founder of Visier. “There are of course work activities and roles that are best served by face-to-face interaction, and some workers simply have a preference for it. But it’s still disappointing to hear so many respondents predict their employers will walk away from the change they have created once the worst of the crisis is over.

“Covid-19 has prompted the world’s biggest home working experiment. It has rapidly sped up the future of work, and will impact the way we think about work in the years to come. The worst thing that companies can do is ignore what they have learned about their workforce and how they like to operate. Companies who have resisted the new world of work until now have had their worlds turned upside down but there is a real opportunity for HR leaders to help them continue their digital transformation. Whatever stage a business is at, understanding your employees is essential. Only through data can organisations understand the impact of their digital transformation and foster the right culture to support it.”

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