Quarter of UK employees would move jobs for remote working
Remote working policies have become a hot topic in recent years. But how common are such practices? And do workers even want flexible working arrangements?
According to new research from totaljobs, two thirds (65%) of employees are currently given the option to work from home, while 35% are still not given the choice.
As London Loves Business reports, more than a quarter (28%) of workers would move jobs if they weren’t allowed to work from home. Indicating how much millennials value remote working options, this figure rose to nearly half (45%) for workers in this age group.
Remote working is now in the top five most important job perks, beating enhanced parental leave, travel allowances, and learning and development. This job benefit can have a big impact on recruits. When deciding on a new role, a fifth of workers would pick a job that offered remote working over one that did not.
Of the UK workforce, nearly two fifths (38%) prefer working from home than being in the office. But there are disparities between generations, with nearly half (46%) of workers aged 18-34 preferring that choice, compared to 31% of those aged over 55.
The flexibility provided by remote working policies is more appreciated by women, with a quarter (24%) in favour of having the freedom, compared to just 16% of men.
So, why are companies providing staff with remote working options? According to the survey, nearly two fifths (38%) of those currently offering remote working do so to help staff enjoy a better work-life balance, while a quarter (24%) implemented such policies in an attempt to reduce staff sick leave.
Interestingly, a fifth (19%) of bosses offer remote working as they believe it makes their employees more productive and happier. This is echoed by the workers themselves, with 21% saying they are more productive when they work from home.
Another positive of adopting remote working is that it makes staff feel trusted, cited by more than quarter (28%) of employees. But trust isn’t always there, as 15% of bosses admitted using software to track how long employees spend on certain tasks.
With so many positives, why isn’t remote working adopted by all businesses in the UK? According to 12% of British employers, they do not offer such options as it is too difficult to manage their workforce remotely.
Group marketing director at totaljobs, Martin Talbot, commented: “With the UK in the throes of a productivity crisis, now is the time for employers to find ways of addressing this issue.
“The research finds that many people work best from home, however, many employers don’t trust their team enough to work independently. Companies, as well as the wider economy, would benefit from embracing remote working.”
3 Step IT comment
The survey results leave no doubt that remote working is not just a trendy topic. It is delivering meaningful benefits for both employers and employees alike.
Remote working challenges to overcome…
In our experience most companies will tend to sweat their IT assets over a 5 year period, or until they no longer work. For remote working to be successful this practise has to change.
By implementing an IT refresh strategy, where you regularly refresh your IT devices. You ensure employees have access to the latest technology that is reliable. Allowing them to perform their duties without disruption, wherever they choose to work.
New hardware is a must for compatibility to the latest software
Due to the nature of remote working, employees are dispersely located. This creates a need for businesses to provide the right software applications, to deliver a mechanism for collaborative working.
Having access to the latest IT hardware devices (laptops, and smartphones) is critical in a world where cloud and software applications continue to advance at an unprecedented rate. This has been witnessed in recent times, where software and cloud application players have made it clear that new software releases will not be compatible with certain old hardware.
It’s simple really. New IT hardware performs better
And it’s only too well known that new IT hardware performs better; as consumers we all experience this. Think about your own iPhone, after 2-3 years the performance simply starts to deteriorate; hardware and software crashes, unresponsive system, the list could go on…
The solution is to define the optimum time to keep devices before they start to impact on employee productivity, or costs start to escalate.
We recommend 2 years for mobile phones and 3 years for laptops. After all there’s a reason manufacturers only provide a 3 year warranty…
Get an IT refresh plan to make remote working a success
So whilst it’s great that remote working is delivering benefits today and without question is here to stay. We feel businesses need to reconsider the technology they equip their employees with and importantly the right time to refresh that technology.
Give remote working the best chance to succeed in your business… Get an IT refresh plan.
If you would like to learn more about how we support businesses to employ an IT refresh strategy, watch the video case study below.