The Future of Flexible Working
HR directors expect 70% of their workforce will have flexible working once coronavirus restrictions are lifted, a 45% increase on current levels.
More than 13 million people across the UK plan to ask their employer for changes to their long-term working pattern.
HR is therefore already preparing to receive more flexible working requests once the pandemic has eased, with over two fifths (43%) of HR directors giving the option to work from home five days a week.
Cost of travel and being at work was a key reason behind changing working styles for around a third (31%) of people, as well as commuting time at 23%.
More than a quarter (28%) of those hoping for more long-term flexible working said they have demonstrated they can do this successfully during the pandemic, a sentiment no doubt shared up and down the country.
Spending more time with family and wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle was also cited as a key reason for the change.
One in six said they were concerned over pollution levels and 5% said they plan to spend more time exercising and becoming healthier.
Working from home two days a week was the most popular option when looking to carry on flexible working arrangements.
Given office space is a large cost for most businesses, the opportunity for more staff to work remotely may reduce overheads for organisations.
*Research was collected by Opinium among a nationally representative sample of 2,002 UK adults in April and by Pure Profile of 100 UK HR directors.