For years people have battled for flexible working conditions, and employers were starting to let go of the reins very, very slowly.
In those days (you know, way back in 2019) it was considered a perk if you could work part of your week from home. If you were offered flexible working it gave you the feeling you were joining a company that was modern, dynamic, and almost futuristic in their way of thinking
Oh, how we envied friends that set their alarm at 8am and took their time getting ready, catching up on the news while munching on their marmalade on toast. They would brush their teeth and comb their hair just in time for that 9am meeting on something weird called ‘Teams’ or ‘Zoom’. Meanwhile the rest of us were stuck in the ‘commute of doom’, destined to spend every morning and evening cursing all the drivers around us.
Then, totally out of the blue, Covid-19 happened and it’s like we jumped forward a quarter of a century in just a few weeks. Suddenly working from home was the norm – and it looks like, thankfully, it’s not going away. Here at PCS we have long championed working from home for a number of reasons. And now that the pandemic is starting to wane, people are telling us how pleasant it is to do the school run without breaking a sweat or drop in on elderly family member or neighbour for a cuppa mid-morning.
If work is piling up, then commuting time can be spent at your laptop. You don’t have to leave your desk for two hours for a quick 15-minute trip to the dentist or take the afternoon off to head to parent evening at your child’s school, which only lasts 40 minutes. Flexible working really does mean just that – and it’s not surprising that employees are keen to hang on to it.
According to Survey Monkey an overwhelming majority of workers who’ve been doing their jobs remotely for the past year (72%) say their workplace is likely to have a more flexible work-from-home policy after Covid-19 than before it began. Two-thirds of workers who have been working from home this year (65%) say their ideal choice for a future work setup is one where they could work both from home and the office. This is evenly split between 33% choosing to work mostly from the office and 32% preferring mostly from home.
For comparison, just 20% of employees say their ideal work setup would see them work fully from their office, and even fewer (15%) say they’d prefer to be full-time at home. So, what are the top reasons for people to choose flexible working?
At the end of the day, there’s no place like home – being able to take a break in your garden, catch up with a friend and paint your office a relaxing colour scheme is worth a lot. There are only a few things that could mess it up – and that includes not having the right technology in place. PCS has always promoted flexible working and our software solutions have been created to make remote working a doddle. Publishers across the country are able to allow their teams across editorial, circulation, advertising and finance work remotely because they are supported by our suite of solutions.