Employee Relations

Quarter of workers would resign if flexible working is revoked

However, 41% believe their employer is likely to permanently retain the flexible working hours introduced as a response to the pandemic

One in four workers said they would resign from their job if flexible working policies are revoked, according to a new survey from Personio, an HR software group. 

The survey, which investigates the impact of the pandemic on the UK workforce, found that more than 37% felt that their company was avoiding implementing new hybrid working paradigms such as flexible working schedules.

However, only 12% of surveyed employees were dissatisfied with the way their employers have “looked after them”, while 41% believe their employer is likely to permanently retain the flexible working hours introduced as a response to the pandemic.

The survey, which includes responses from 1,000 full-time employees in the UK, further reveals that businesses introduced various opportunities for their employees to adapt to the current situation. 

Some 43% of employees have the opportunity to work from home, while 31% also said they have been offered flexible working hours to adjust to the new balance between work and home life. 

A further 22% of employees were introduced to new digital tools for communication and organisation purposes, while 34% have been offered equipment such as chairs and tables.

In addition, 33% of respondents indicated that they are being offered mental health support, and 26% say they are being provided with on-going coaching on the emotional challenges of managing a work-life balance.

Overall, 43% of UK employees say their employers have implemented hybrid working practices that are enabling them to work from anywhere. However, 32% are still unsure if flexible working hours will become a permanent part of their company’s day to day operations.

Ross Seychell, chief people officer at Personio, said: “Covid-19 forced employers to introduce and trial new flexibilities to the daily work routine in an exceptionally short period of time. In most cases, it hasn’t had a negative impact on individual or company productivity. 

“Employees across the world have now seen how flexible working could look in future, and quite rightly they will expect their company to have a plan for this. Now, businesses must work towards implementing the tooling and technology in the long-term to ensure they can continue to attract and retain the best talent in a hybrid world of work.” 

Following the survey, Personio is urging companies to “urgently consider” adapting to a hybrid working model that enables their employees to work from anywhere on a schedule that best fits their needs.

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