So what can bosses learn about efficiency from the last three months of working from home?
Avalyn Kasahara of The Future Strategy Club discusses the importance of flexible working to keep productivity up
The business world has changed dramatically over the past few months – namely, many firms have had to transform their business strategy to help cope with their employees working from home.
For many workers, this has been a challenge, but for some this has been a steep learning curve with positive outcomes. In fact, nationally representative research commissioned by The Future Strategy Club across 2,000 UK workers shows that 51% of Brits believe that decision makers in the workplace are out of touch with the processes that allow teams to work effectively and productively. Working from home, therefore, may have even allowed some to be more productive, especially if they are completing tasks during the hours that suit them best – allowing for flexibility around childcare, for example.
Now, however, as lockdown eases, workers are being encouraged to go back to the office. While the use of public transport is still a worry for some, and with the Government encouraging people to travel outside of the usual ‘rush hour’, flexible working may be the answer for the UK’s workforce moving forward. 1 in 4 Brits actually believe that the commute to the office is so draining, they are exhausted before even beginning work.
Avalyn Kasahara, Founder of The Future Strategy Club – a marketplace and education platform for the finest contractor talent – discusses the benefits of flexible working continuing, even after lockdown:
“Business owners and managers will have found that over the past few months, working from home has allowed their employees to clearly separate their work and personal life in a way that suits them – perhaps dedicating the morning to homeschooling and spending the afternoon and evening focused on their work tasks, for example.
Now, as many begin to return to their workplace, employers should encourage the more flexible approach that has been taken during lockdown to continue moving forwards. In fact, our research shows that over half of UK workers feel the decision makers in their work environment are out of touch with the methods that actually allow teams to operate effectively. As long as work is completed and contracted hours fulfilled, having changeable work hours is feasible, and may even boost productivity by keeping employees happy and allowing them to work when they feel most motivated.”