Hidden fractures point to a ticking timebomb of remote working | theHRD

Hidden fractures point to a ticking timebomb of remote working | theHRD

At a time when WFH looks set to continue for many in both the short and long term, ‘hidden fractures’ are forming in the workforce which risk causing irreparable damage to cultures and productivity. Employers need to take action now to better manage remote working and prevent employee engagement and retention levels falling to an all-time low. Unless employers grip this issue, surviving and maintaining growth as the economy recovers after the Covid-19 pandemic will be a much bigger challenge. The research, which surveyed 1000 UK employees, found that the shift to home working during Covid-19 has been a positive experience for many. Nearly two thirds (64%) of employees feel that working from home has had a positive impact on workplace culture, meanwhile the majority (61%) say they are able to complete their work effectively whilst working from home due to Covid-19 – most likely due to the lack of office distractions. But despite these benefits, a fully remote workforce is unlikely to be a viable long-term solution for many businesses as the lack of interaction, collaboration, recognition and support cause potentially lasting damage to workplace trust, culture and engagement. Whilst working from home due to Covid-19, over half (55%) of employees feel it has been harder to work as a team, 54% feel less motivated, and 51% feel it is harder to reach out for help from teammates – indicating that employees are lacking the peer support networks they’d have in the office. However, with current circumstances meaning that remote working is likely to remain ...
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