Remote Working – but from where? Future of work trends to watch

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Remote Working – but from where? Future of work trends to watch

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Over 50% of Employers Say Employees Will Need to Visit the Office Weekly. Once again employers and employees throughout the country are being encouraged to work from home in order to stem the spread of COVID 19.

Remote Working – but from where? Future of work trends to watch

A survey from the newly rebranded Compliance Institute (formerly the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland) has found that even when employees are free to return, a hybrid model is most likely to be adopted by the majority of employers.

Most organisations (67%) say those employees working from home will still need to visit the office at least once a week, with 53% of these saying they’ll have to be there 2 or 3 days a week.

The survey of over 280 organisations also found that over a quarter (28%) of employees will need to be near enough to the office so that they can commute every week, while more than 3 in 10 organisations will allow their employees to work remotely from anywhere in the country.

Michael Kavanagh, CEO of the Compliance Institute, said: “We have reached another roadblock in terms of workers returning to the office, but we are all hoping that the advice will have changed in the New Year.

“When this happens, the start of 2022 is looking likely to be something of a trial period for many organisations as they figure out the best way to accommodate their staff’s changed situations, needs, and preferences.

“Our survey indicates that a ‘hybrid’ model, with a mix of home and office work, is likely to be the most preferable option – 53%. This makes sense given the workplace health precautions that we still need to take in relation to COVID, with reduced numbers and staggered in-office days helping with social distancing and other protocols.

“But, of course, this will be not a one size that fits all model for organisations across the board, and some (16%) businesses have simply not yet formalised the policies for these arrangements.

“Our survey did show, however, that in the main, most employers are happy to adopt some element of remote working into their operations – and working from home will no longer be an option for just 4% of those surveyed.”

Remote Working – but from where?

The Compliance Institute survey also asked respondents whether their organisation planned to allow employees to work remotely at offsite locations.

The survey revealed that more than 3 in 10 say employees can work anywhere in the country, with 5% saying they could even work outside of Ireland.

28% say they are open to people working from home so long as they can commute to the office when needed. 38% say that where a person works has yet to be decided or will be managed on a case-by-case basis.

Mr. Kavanagh continued, “Remote working has the potential to become a contentious issue among workers and employers alike as efforts are made to marry the needs and desires of workers with the goals and best interests of the businesses.

“The pandemic has changed many people’s live/work situation as well as their goals and ambitions, and so patience and communication will be required by both employers and employees to figure out workable solutions and compromises in the months ahead.”

The Era of the Virtual Meeting

It has been said that one of the main bonuses of the return to the office is getting back to face-to-face interactions. However, the Compliance Institute survey found that most businesses will continue to utilize online, and video conferencing platforms popularized during the pandemic.

Mr. Kavanagh commented, “The proliferation of meeting room software will continue to dominate Irish organisations – 72% of employers say they will continue to utilities these tools to varying degrees, often using them to replace the traditional face-to-face meeting.”

“This survey highlighted the fact that there are still many issues to be ironed out as regards the return to the office and there is a lot of uncertainty as yet on the best approaches to take.

“16% of companies are unsure as to how often they will require employees to visit the office, 24% are undecided on the issue of allowing remote working from various locations, and 23% have not yet made a decision on the best way to conduct their staff or client meetings.”

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By | 2021-12-08T09:30:06+00:00 December 8th, 2021|Technology|Comments Off on Remote Working – but from where? Future of work trends to watch