Covid has totally changed the way many people work, and a new UK study suggests that a showdown between employees and employers may be coming when things return to “normal”.
The Press Association reports:
Workers who have juggled home working with looking after children in the past year strongly favour carrying on with hybrid working arrangements, said a report.
A survey of 1,000 parents found that more than two out of five feared losing their jobs when the coronavirus crisis eases.
Worries include the end of furlough schemes, a belief that organisations will cut jobs, and managers demanding greater attendance in offices and other workplaces, the report found.
Nursery provider Blue Horizons said half of those it surveyed complained that employers were unsympathetic or did not offer practical help with childcare needs.
Employers are approaching a “moment of truth” in their relationships with staff as the vaccine rollout continues, and have an opportunity to reassure workers and retain their loyalty, said the report.
Almost one in five of those surveyed said they wanted to work entirely from home in the future, while most respondents favoured a mixture of home and office work.
Many workers still do not feel confident about discussing family issues with their employers despite the huge changes over the past year, with fewer than three in five saying their organisation cares about their work-life balance, said the report.
A separate survey of almost 700 adults suggested most do not want to go back to working in an office full time, with nearly three-quarters saying they want to split their time between home and office working.
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) said its study indicated that more people felt working from home was better for their health and wellbeing, despite some feeling less connected to colleagues, taking less exercise and developing musculoskeletal problems.
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