With working from home guidance no longer in place, many organisations are still deciding on where staff should be working.
Following the government’s guidelines that working from home is no longer necessary, many employers have started to roll out their strategies for the return to work.
However, recent data has found that many organisations are still developing their workplace strategy regarding where employees should carry out their work now that ‘Freedom Day’ has arrived.
In fact, research from Xpert HR has found that 69.9% of businesses are still actively planning or considering permanent changes, with fewer than one in 20 not contemplating any changes.
For 27% of the organisations surveyed, the most influential factor on their firm’s plan for the future of the workplace was a survey of employees’ preferences, followed by ensuring covid-secure workplace/physical restrictions on workplace capacity (17.8%) and employee wellbeing (14.2%).
However, six percent of organisations list cost savings as the most influential factor when it comes to plans for the future of the workplace.
Looking at the data, Noelle Murphy, senior HR practice editor at XpertHR, noted that HR leaders are approaching the new world of work “thoughtfully”, while also taking steps informed by the people who will be impacted the most.
Murphy said: “Cost, senior leadership preferences, nor time seem to be the strongest influence on HR’s strategy. Instead, a focus on employees, their wellbeing, and their engagement is taking precedence.”
With this in mind, it may come as no surprise that hybrid working features heavily in models being implemented or considered.
In fact, three in 10 organisations stated that all employees will be working on a hybrid basis, while 10.5% will take on a mix hybrid for some employees and fully remote working for others.
While some companies have stated that they will be turning fully remote, including the likes of Twitter and Deloitte, just 1.1% of respondents shared that they would move to a fully remote model. In contrast, 1.8% are moving fully remote, but with access to local hubs.
Murphy advised: “With such an opportunity to shape workplaces in a way never seen before, HR professionals need to make sure they can properly understand and keep up with the changes and desires within their own organisation, and the market.
“It’s vital that HR professionals arm themselves with the right tools, data, and guides as they step forward into this new world of work beyond the pandemic.”