The work landscape is evolving, as recent reports from the Office of National Statistics indicate. Approximately 18% of businesses are shifting or planning to shift to a permanent remote work model. This is a signifying a significant change in work dynamics.
The Office of National Statistics reports that 56 percent of businesses are embracing this change primarily to enhance staff wellbeing. This shift highlights a collective commitment towards better work-life balance and increased job satisfaction for employees.
The Institute of Employment and Employability (IOEE) advocates progressive work approaches and commends this development, acknowledging its potential positive impact on employee wellbeing and satisfaction. They see this transition as transformative, fostering healthier work-life balances for employees.
Improving Employee Wellbeing – and More
- Enhanced Work-Life Balance: Remote work offers flexibility, enabling better management of personal and professional commitments.
- Improved Staff Wellbeing: Prioritising employee wellbeing correlates with a happier and more engaged workforce.
- Increased Job Satisfaction: Autonomy in choosing work location positively influences productivity, efficiency, and creativity.
- Environmental Sustainability: Reduced commuting translates to lower carbon emissions, aligning with eco-friendly practices.
- Cost Savings: Businesses and employees benefit from reduced expenses in office space, utilities, and transportation.
- Global Talent Access: Remote work broadens the talent pool, fostering diversity and inclusivity.
Embracing the Evolution
The IOEE recognises the importance of adapting to evolving workforce needs and pledges to evolve its practices in sync with the changing employment landscape.
Jonathan Harper, Communications Executive at IOEE, praises the balanced approach to work. He said, “Having a balanced approach to office based and home-based work improves my work life balance greatly. Being able to complete my tasks from my own home means I don’t have to miss out on fulfilling my job role, but I also don’t have to miss out on those special family moments.”
The IOEE envisions a future where work isn’t confined to a place but is an empowering experience, fostering skill development, wellbeing, and job satisfaction.