Large businesses are adapting to flexible working practices more rapidly than small and medium firms, according to a report.
The report by campaign firm Flex Appeal, backed up by social change agency Claremont and engineering and construction company Sir Robert McAlpine, has found by asking 1,420 UK employers that there was little variation between sectors, but flexible working was more manageable for larger firms – with 75 per cent of them working from home more than before the pandemic.
Small businesses had 48 per cent employers working from home more than before Covid and medium businesses had 69 per cent.
Of those surveyed, 72 per cent want to keep working from home and 70 per cent of all employers want to keep working flexitime - this was especially in the business services sector. In primary, manufacturing and construction sector this was 66 per cent and 63 per cent, respectively, followed by the transport, retail, distribution sectors and public services.
The report also states that 64 per cent of employers want to keep part-time hours and 58 per cent want to keep compressed hours.
One of the case studies in the report includes support services firm Amey, whose HR director Carol Elderfield said when the pandemic struck: "Overnight we sent 6,500 people home with their chairs and computers. In the areas where we can monitor productivity, like our call centres, we’ve been able to show that productivity has gone up considerably. We’ve demonstrated to the naysayers that people aren’t just sitting at home not doing any work – they are working really hard because they are enjoying the accountability we’ve given to them."
The survey was carried out among 1,420 employers from all sectors, across the UK, conducted by online survey firm PanelBase.
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