Over half of people in the UK would like to see more flexible working as a result of the pandemic

There is no doubt that many things will change post-COVID and the world of work is likely to see the biggest impact. This is according to research conducted by Cyclescheme, part of Blackhawk Network, looking into the positives of lockdown, including how it has impacted mental health and hobbies ahead of Cycle to Work Day. 

Research found that 55% of people would like to see more flexible working as a result of the pandemic. 42% would like to see a bigger focus on mental health in the workplace, and 34% would like to see a greater focus on sustainability in terms of the environment. 

Other key stats from the survey include: 

  • 10% of people would cycle to work more if they were offered flexible working
  • Almost a quarter of the workforce (22%) would welcome opportunities to combine exercising and commuting
  • The biggest challenge in ensuring that the positive changes of lockdown stick will be having less spare time (45%), 25% of people say commuting to work will be the biggest challenge 
  • Getting to spend more time with family is by far the most positive aspect to come out of lockdown (42%), followed by not having to commute every day (27%)

Adrian Warren, Director at Cyclescheme and Chair of the Cycle to Work Alliance said: “As many lockdown measures are easing, it’s fantastic to see that as a nation we want to continue the good habits we’ve picked up. Whether it’s cycling or walking the longer term impact of lockdown will have a positive influence on everything from the environment to our fitness levels. The challenge will be ensuring those changes stick but through making small changes where possible, for example, cycling to work or taking better care of our health, we can all ensure we make these positive habits a permanent fixture in our lives” 

Kadeena Cox, ParalympicsGB Cyclist and Double Paralympic gold medallist said: “Cycling isn’t just great from an exercise point of view but it also has huge benefits on mental health, so it’s brilliant that so many people are getting into it. Lockdown has been tough, but to think that people of all ages have tried new things and developed new hobbies such as cycling or yoga is really inspiring. From my personal experience, I know I am more focused, more productive and in a better mindset after exercising; something, I’m sure, all employers would want to take advantage of.”

Robbie George, British Cycling Education Manager said: “It’s been amazing to see so many families discovering the joy of getting out and riding together over the past few months, and enjoying all of the physical and mental health benefits which come with it.

“The challenge now is to make those good habits stick, and through our free resources and the additional support announced by the Government last week, we’re really optimistic that many of those old bikes will be staying out of the shed for good.”


This survey was conducted among 2002 working or furloughed consumers in the UK 

The interviews were conducted online by Sapio Research in July 2020 using an email invitation and an online survey. At an overall level results are accurate to ± 2.2% at 95% confidence limits assuming a result of 50%.

About Cyclescheme 

Cyclescheme is part of Blackhawk Network who connect brands and people through

innovative incentives, engagement and commerce solutions. Combining the best branded value products with cutting edge technology, platforms and services to create exciting, engagement solutions that maximise sales, productivity and loyalty. Our integrated worldwide network enables you to connect with employees, sales channels and customers in-store, online, through mobile and social networks.

Cyclescheme celebrates Cycle to Work Day every year to encourage more people in the UK to cycle to work. This year, the headline sponsor for Cyclescheme’s Cycle to Work Day Campaign is online bike shop, Freewheel. 

You can find out more about Cycle to Work Day here.

Author: Editorial Team

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