Responding to the launch of a new Government consultation into flexible working, Dr Roger Barker, Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors, said:
“The pandemic has meant that the way that businesses are operating is developing and changing at a more rapid pace than ever before.
“Labour shortages mean that employers recognise that they need to stay competitive in the labour market and support their employees through offering flexibility. For example, after 18 months of mixed experiences with remote working, many business leaders are taking a hybrid stance into the future. Our research suggests that 63% of businesses intend to shift towards between one and four days of remote working per week.
“Different organisations have different needs, and they should be allowed to work with their employees to find the best solutions. We think it right that conversations around flexible working take place from the outset, and we welcome the opportunity that this consultation provides to reflect on what we have learnt from the pandemic.”