When we launched our survey on remote working three short weeks ago, little did we know that the world was going to take a dramatic shift to make remote working a reality as opposed to something to consider in the future.
Our motivation behind this survey was to assess the extent of interest in flexible options amongst the workforce and to educate HR teams and Hiring Managers. While we had anecdotal evidence ourselves dealing with candidates at the negotiation stage of the recruitment process, we wanted to have some hard data on how much this influenced a candidate in the decision-making process.
The developments in the last few weeks with the Covid 19 Coronavirus means that Employers have had to very quickly establish contingency plans for remote working to prevent the spread of the virus and this has thrown a spotlight on all aspects of remote working for very different reasons. However, none the less the motivation for the survey is still valid.
The reality is that now many of you reading this blog are sitting at home instead of your open-plan office, and the world of working and remote working may have changed forever.
And the Survey Says…
We surveyed over 100 people who were working in a variety of industries from Financial Services to Manufacturing, Public Service to Retail. This is what they had to say on Remote Working and the motivations behind this way of work.
55% of those surveyed have less than an hour to commute to work. For the remainder of the group, their travel time can range from 1 hour to 2+ hours per day depending on traffic, time of day.
Remote Working Accessibility:
Of the 100+ we surveyed, 68% said that they do have remote working options in place, while 32% work traditionally from their office environment.
Attitude to Remote Working:
The headline results backed up much of what we had been observing in the market. Approximately 70% of the respondents have an option to work remotely. Of those that don’t 95% would like to have some options, whether ranging from 1 day a week to fully remote.
Benefits Observed from Remote Working:
For those who currently practice remote working, the vast majority said that they are more focussed and productive. Also, 42% say that they have a better work-life balance, are less stressed, have a more manageable commute which in turn has allowed some to pursue passions outside of work.
78% felt their IT structures & security supported remote working, a figure that will be tested in rollouts over the next few weeks for companies across the globe. 6% felt their broadband was not sufficient to support their ability to log in remotely which is still an issue in more remote locations so for many resorting to mobile hotspot could be the answer in the short term.
Location of Remote Working:
The location of your remote working space is something that I’m sure is being tested out as we speak. From those surveyed, it was almost an equal split between working from the kitchen table/sofa and the home office.
As Recruitment consultants, one of the most striking statistics was that 83% of respondents replied that they would move company to one that offered remote working options. This is the kind of response that we feel is very valuable to employers who are formulating their long-term policies in this area, both in terms of staff retention and talent hiring.
Putting the current global situation aside with Covid 19, it is evident from our survey that the demand for remote working is here and the benefits are quantifiable in terms of staff productivity, morale and health. Once the current crisis has subsided, we firmly believe that organisations will be in a better position to implement long term policies that will be beneficial to both parties.
In the meantime, if you are remote working, we would love to hear how you are getting on and if you have any tips.
Stay safe and thanks for reading.