More than a year after the corona pandemic, employers and employees are looking for an answer: What does the future of work hold in store? Although they agree to a gradual return, these populations disagree on key issues related to the frequency of remote working and support for a changing job.
Bridging this communication gap requires ongoing discussions about the role of technology, supportive benefits, and safety strategies to ensure the business thrives and employees can do their best.
This study from Arizent – parent company of Accounting Today, American Banker, Bond Buyer, Digital Insurance, Employee Benefit News, Financial Planning, National Mortgage News and PaymentsSource – explores corporate attitudes towards remote work and offers new insights into the art and the way in which both company managers and employees think about orientating themselves in the future.
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The most important findings include:
While the majority of employees would like to work remotely in the future, only a third of employers envision a hybrid working environment for their company for a year. In the meantime, employers do not plan to offer scholarships or financial incentives to create functional workplaces at home. Technology is critical to business success when employers address challenges such as security breaches and access to high-speed internet. Looking to the future, the majority of employers in all industries believe they have the resources to meet technological challenges. Beyond COVID-19, more needs to be done to help vulnerable workers in the workplace such as working parents and women. Flexible working hours, additional childcare allowance and emergency childcare assistance should become a matter of course. While employers are confident that business will grow after COVID-19, the reality is that more communication and security protocols will be needed to help employees regain confidence in personal work arrangements.