Workforce Management News: Is a Hybrid Workforce the Future for the UK?
New survey suggests that majority of the UK workforce would prefer to split their time between working at home and the workplace
Architectural and planning firm Gensler have released the results of a recent workforce survey. It shows that when looking to a post-pandemic future, 67% of employees would prefer to spend time working both remotely and in their office.
The survey report, entitled the UK Workplace Survey 2020, looks at results from 2,500 workers across multiple sectors polled in the UK between July and August. Respondents were required to have worked in an office prior to the coronavirus outbreak.
Only 12% of those approached want to work at home full time, given the choice. This is in contrast to 34% wanting to work at home one or two days a week, and 33% preferring three or four days working there. The survey report makes the point that the popularity of a hybrid work model is likely due to the fact that it offers benefits from both homeworking and office working, such as increased creativity, social stimulation and a better work/life balance.
At the time of the survey, 26% of respondents were working in the office full time, 11% working at home one or two days a week, 15% three or four days, and the remaining 48% were based solely at home.
This means that as the country looks ahead to the post-coronavirus business landscape, organisations will have to be ready to meet this challenge of managing a workforce fragmented between physical places of work and working at home. Whilst maintaining workforce visibility and absence management processes in this scenario could traditionally be seen as difficult, with the advent of modern Time & Attendance Systems, this is no longer the case.
Bodet’s Time & Attendance Systems allow you to collect clocking in data from a range of methods such as wall-mounted terminals and smartphones, feeding into one central database hosted on a local server or in the cloud. Cloud software means that administrators, managers and employees can access the system through any device with an internet connection, providing functionality such as booking holidays and viewing attendance results remotely.
The latest release of Bodet’s Kelio Time & Attendance Software features further benefits specifically to help with the management of staff working at home. Kelio V4.2 provides visibility for home working shifts, differentiating them from regular schedules and allowing staff to submit requests for homeworking which must be authorised by managers.
To discuss how our Time & Attendance Solutions can help your organisation with workforce management for staff working at home, please contact us.