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43% of employers concerned about employees’ mental health whilst working remotely

Isolation, mental health and wellbeing are the main concerns of 43% of employers relating to employees working from home, according to a global Future of Work survey by Talent. Despite these concerns, 53% of respondents said that they didn’t feel any less connected to their organisation since working from home.

Before the COVID-19 crisis, 60% of organisations were set up to work from home, this has now risen to 81%.

The crisis has had a severe impact on hiring, with 60% of new hires being frozen or delayed, and a further 20% saying they are reducing their number of planned hires. Perhaps in contrast with expectation, SMEs continue to be the most resilient in the hiring space, with just 40% freezing hiring. This compares to 62% of corporates.

In APAC, there has been a 30% increase in those companies now set up to work from home, with 88% now in this position. Almost all (98%) are now likely to consider home working after COVID-19. Four in five (81%) have also taken up virtual onboarding.

In the UK & Europe, 87% of companies are now set up to work from home; this is a 26% increase since before the crisis. 38% of SME respondents cited that they were worried about isolation amongst employees when working from home.

In the US, almost three quarters (74%) of companies have frozen, delayed or reduced their number of planned hires since the crisis began. 85% are now set up for home working, and the same percentage are likely to consider continuing this post-COVID-19.

Talent US CEO, Colin Etheridge, stated, “This research highlights the ongoing and profound impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on global workforces. Companies have had to adapt quickly to continue to operate in this new world and technology has been the key to success. The challenge in a post COVID-19 world will be balancing the capabilities and flexibilities we have gained in the past months with the human need for interaction and connection.”

Talent APAC CEO, Mark Nielsen, commented, “These results indicate that companies are more concerned with the impacts of working from home on the health of their employees than they are with an individual's productivity or even the short-term financial stability of the organisation. This is a reassuring indication that the value of people is being recognised and their health given the highest priority.”   

Talent EMEA CEO, Darren Wells, said, “It’s not surprising that more organisations are opening up to the idea of home working beyond COVID-19. The current crisis has shown itself to be an acid test for virtual working tools and most have passed with flying colours. This new-found confidence in technology coupled with the possible cost savings of not having to rent a physical office space and the reduction in associated overheads and expenses is really allowing business owners to warm to this new-normal.”

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