Home-working here to stay, says Institute of Directors

Home-working is set to become a permanent fixture in workers’ lives after the pandemic, according to new research carried out by the Institute of Directors (IoD).

In a survey of nearly 1,000 company directors on workplaces after Covid-19, 74% said they would keep a degree of home-working in their businesses after the pandemic.

Some 43% of business leaders surveyed said they have embraced ‘‘greater use’’ of flexible working, such as compressed hours, while over a fifth have moved their services online.

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Roger Barker, director of Policy at the IoD, said: ‘‘Remote working has been one of the most tangible impacts of coronavirus on the economy. For many, it could be here to stay.

‘‘Working from doesn’t work for everyone, and directors must be alive to the downsides. Managing teams remotely can prove far from straightforward, and directors must make sure they are going out of their way to support employees’ mental wellbeing.’’

He added: ‘‘The UK has long needed to up its game when it comes to management skills, and the pandemic has only made this more pressing. It’s crucial that the Government targets this key area, ensuring businesses and their people can make use of accessible courses that reflect their skills needs.’’


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