Half of employers not ready for remote and home working, and some are resisting it
Some timely research in this week’s newsletter suggesting that one in two businesses are not in any way set-up to be able to accommodate workers who may need to self-isolate. And a large proportion of employers are failing to take ‘reasonable steps’ to prepare staff to work from home.
Main reasons stopping UK employers implementing a remote working policy include fears that workers would abuse the policy, and that it would be more difficult to track performance and productivity. These findings come from a recent whitepaper from global recruiter Robert Walters titled ‘A Smart Workplace for the Workforce of the Future’.
Chris Hickey, UK CEO at Robert Walters, comments: “Advances in technology have been changing the way companies and employees work for some years now. With teams more dispersed and covering more time zones, working with others via phone, virtual meetings and video is slowly becoming the norm. The business case for smart working is clear; adopting a digital workplace helps to streamline operations, enhance speed of communication, and drastically improve access to information in a much more effective way.
Some business-critical and hugely topical issues explored by this research. We will be examining these in more detail at our upcoming Internal Communications conference this Autumn. Look forward to seeing you there.