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Remote working is ‘here to stay’ regardless of vaccine

A survey from CIPHR has suggested that remote working is “here to stay”, despite a future vaccine on the horizon.

According to the HR company’s survey of UK-based business decision makers, only 5% of HR professionals said they expected to go back to the “old ways of working”, while 58% of respondents said they expect a “large and permanent” increase in remote working.

A further 36% said they expect a small increase in remote working, while 1% said they don’t expect transition back to the office life.

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CIPHR also reported that in order to adapt to the change in working dynamic, there has been a surge in the “uptake” of HR services.

The HR firm continued to show that businesses which did not have timesheet systems before the pandemic now have them in place to track “employee attendance” and productivity.

Companies are reportedly being advised to adopt absence and sickness tracking systems, to make monitoring employee hours far easier than before Covid-19.

Claire Williams, director of people and services at CIPHR, said: “The shift to remote working was a shock to many organisations, especially if they were relying on manual processes to manage their workforce. In the second half of 2020, CIPHR has seen a surge of interest in the CIPHR Connect HCM platform as HR leaders outline their people management requirements to support remote work.”

“With most HR professionals expecting a significant and permanent increase in the amount of remote work, organisations need to be equipped with integrated systems and processes that enable them to attract, engage and manage their people outside of the office.”

She added: “The majority of organisations have had to move quickly to more agile people management processes. HR teams have dealt with rapidly evolving legislative challenges, such as the furlough scheme, while keeping the rest of their people management processes fluid in the middle of a global pandemic.

“Going forward, efficient and flexible people management processes will be key to making the hybrid workplace a reality, and powerful, connected HR software will only continue to grow in importance.”


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