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IoD believes remote and hybrid working are here to stay

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A large majority of business leaders plan to offer their staff remote working in the long term, according to the Institute of Directors (IoD).

In response to a survey it conducted in September 2023, more than eight in 10 (84%) business leaders stated that they plan to offer some degree of remote working for office-based employees in the future.

IoD Principal Policy Advisor for Employment, Alexandra Hall-Chen, said: “Our research shows that, for a clear majority of businesses, remote and hybrid working are here to stay. Against a backdrop of acute skills and labour shortages in the UK, flexible working is a valuable tool for businesses seeking to attract and retain talented staff. Good flexible working policies can also support groups more likely to fall out of the workforce, such as parents and disabled people, to thrive in the workplace.”

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The 710 responses from across the UK received by the survey revealed that the most used form of remote working for office-based employees was two days per week, which was mentioned by 24%. While fully remote working scored 13%, just 11% said that they had no remote working in place, the same percentage as for one day.

Only 3% were allowing four days per week.

“Anecdotally, we have found that some businesses are moving away from a model marked by full flexibility to a hybrid approach, due to a desire to bring staff together to facilitate innovation and team cohesion, but very few are removing their remote working offer entirely,” Ms Hall-Chen concluded.

For information on flexible working requests, visit BrAInbox today where you can find answers to questions like Do I have to allow a flexible working request for a disabled employee?

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