Homeworking 'to double'
The number of employees regularly working from home is likely to double, rising from 18% before the pandemic to 37%, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Its survey of 1,046 employers also found that re- spondents expect nearly a quarter (22%) of employ- ees to work from home permanently, compared to 9% before the pandemic.
Some 28% of respondents said that that working remotely had increased productivity – but an equal number believed the opposite. Just over a third (37%) felt that it has not had any effect on produc- tivity levels whatsoever.
Just over two-fifths (44%) of employers are intro- ducing measures to support employees working remotely, and two-thirds (66%) of those are planning to change their policies relating to remote working,
A third (33%) of businesses are set to introduce new forms of remote working. Some 45% will intro- duce permanent flexible working arrangements, 40% will introduce part-time hours in the office, followed by 39% introducing flexi-time, 25% looking at offering compressed hours and a further 16% implementing term-time working hours.