Towergate Health & Protection‘s latest research indicates that a substantial 91% of companies maintain hybrid working arrangements, showcasing the enduring prevalence of flexible work structures in the current landscape.

Amidst the hybrid working trend, only a marginal 9% of employers report having no hybrid workers. On average, nearly 40% of the workforce engages in hybrid work, with over a quarter of employers witnessing more than half of their employees adopting this approach.

Further insights from the research highlight that 30% of employees work remotely for at least three days a week, with 31-40-year-olds expressing the highest inclination towards remote work. In contrast, demographics over 60s and under 25s exhibit the least preference for working from home.

Debra Clark, Towergate Health & Protection’s head of wellbeing, underscores the importance of adaptable health and wellbeing support amidst evolving work scenarios. Employers are urged to provide diverse and easily accessible support, leveraging employee benefit platforms to cater to varied needs effectively.

Balancing Business Needs and Employee Preferences

While remote work persists, an overwhelming 98% of employers have initiated measures to encourage employees back to the office. Various strategies, including on-site socials, free meals, and access to counselling, reflect concerted efforts to incentivise office presence.

The decision to encourage office return is nuanced, with 37% of employers enforcing mandatory office days. Recognizing individual preferences and business requirements is pivotal, as hybrid work offers both advantages and challenges, necessitating a tailored approach.

Debra Clark emphasises the importance of maintaining flexibility in work arrangements while ensuring continued engagement and support for employees. The flexibility to adapt benefits and support systems to accommodate diverse work settings remains paramount for fostering employee well-being.

Supporting Health and Wellbeing

Employer initiatives to facilitate office return also contribute to supporting the holistic well-being of employees. Access to gym facilities, social events, counselling, and subsidized transport align with the four pillars of health and wellbeing: physical, mental, social, and financial.

However, it is imperative for employers to extend these provisions to remote and hybrid workers, ensuring equitable support across all work settings for sustained employee welfare.