Dramatic changes to world of work during lockdown

Dramatic changes to world of work during lockdown

The world of work has seen dramatic changes in the past 100 days, many of which will become permanent, ending decades of office life. Millions of people have switched from commuting to offices to working from home, or have agreed flexible arrangements, and even part-time shifts. Huge numbers of workers have enjoyed the benefits of swapping an office desk for their front room or garden shed, giving an immediate boost to their work-life balance. Surveys throughout the past three months have shown the popularity of flexible, home-working, especially among parents, a trend experts believe is now embedded in the UK’s working culture. The changes could help tackle the UK’s long-hours culture, reduce sickness absence and improve productivity – problems which have dogged industry for decades. A new survey of 1,500 working parents by childcare provider Bright Horizons showed that half are set to demand flexible work in the future, with only around one in eight wanting to go back to pre-pandemic working. Jennifer Liston-Smith, of Bright Horizons, said: “This could be a pivotal moment in determining how jobs work in future, but companies and organisations need to seize the moment by ensuring that jobs are as flexible and human-sized as possible in future. “They and their employees have discovered that it’s possible to work well remotely. The challenge now is to lock in those gains while also combating the ‘always-on’ culture and ensuring staff have healthy family lives too.” One in 10 business premises in London has been permanently closed as a ...
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