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13m people to ask for long-term working changes post-COVID-19

Employees are set to request long-term working changes post-COVID-19, with more than 13m people across the UK saying they have plans to do this, according to research from Direct Line Life insurance.

Two in five (44%) will be requesting permanent flexible working arrangements and half (49%) of the workforce currently adapts to working from home. Longer term, 12% would like to work from home two days a week, 10% would like to work from home one day a week, and the same percentage three days a week. 8% want to ask their employer to work from home permanently.

Employers are also looking at more flexible working options, with 43% of HR directors saying they will be looking to offer some employees the option to work from home five days a week and 20% will consider offering employees the option to work form home some of the time.

Chloe Couper, business manager at Direct Line Life Insurance, commented, “While the lockdown has been an incredibly difficult and disruptive time for many, it seems to have also had an impact on the mindset of millions of UK workers about the aspects of their life they want to change once it is over. 

“Many people wouldn’t have considered their employer would accept a flexible working request, despite it being legal to make one, before the pandemic but now companies and employees have become used to home working as the ‘new norm’, it seems many hope to make part of the change permanent. Going through such a serious event as a pandemic will understandably make some people want to reassess their lives and priorities going forward. Protecting health and family are vital and it is great to see so many wish to spend more time doing both.”

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