Remote working not negatively impacting productivity for large number of companies
Only 15% of companies that have adopted remote working say that it has had a material negative impact on productivity, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson. A fifth (22%) say it has had a small negative impact, the same percentage say it has had either no impact or a positive impact, and one third aren’t sure of the impact it’s had.
Of the companies surveyed, 67% reported that over 75% of their workforce is now working remotely. Prior to the rise of COVID-19, 56% had less than 10% of their workforce working remotely. Almost nine in 10 (85%) of employers believe their employees have the technology and resources that they need to work from home, and remain productive, for an extended period of time. This is encouraging since 83% of companies say they have no end date set for flexible working arrangements.
“It has been an incredibly challenging time for many businesses as we navigate unchartered waters and take part in what has become the world’s largest work-from-home experiment,” said Hazel Rees, GB Leader, Rewards Line of Business at Willis Towers Watson. “Technology has been a saving grace during this crisis, helping to keep productivity levels up, while organisations with a greater online presence have been able to continue more effectively and in some cases even thrive.
“COVID-19 has had a profound impact on how work gets done and the longer term implications for employers and employees are far reaching. For employers who have found their employees can be just as productive away from the office, it seems increasingly likely that we will see an accelerated shift towards more agile working, with reverberating effects across the economy.”
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