When it comes to job searching, people are prioritising their health and well-being over other incentives, which means the flexibility of remote and hybrid working is often favoured. The growth in hybrid and remote workplaces began before Covid-19 arrived, but the eventual lockdowns exploded the numbers because many employers were forced to operate remotely. Even though growth has steadied since lockdowns were lifted, it’s still having an impact on businesses and employees.

The Continued Impact of Remote and Hybrid Working on Employees and Businesses in the UK

Remote and Hybrid Work Growth

Before the global pandemic broke out, there was a gradual increase in remote and hybrid working between January and December 2019. At this point, around 12% of employers in the workforce had worked from home at least once a week. Additionally, 5% of the workforce noted working from home was their primary method.

During 2020, when lockdown restrictions kicked in, around half of all employees in the UK were working from home at least once a week and 38% worked from home full time. Once the restrictions began to lift, these numbers dropped to 13% exclusively working from home and 22% working at least one day at home.

Benefits of Remote and Hybrid Work

If there were no benefits to remote or hybrid work, there wouldn’t be a clear increase in businesses choosing this model. If a business decides to implement a remote or hybrid operation, the benefits include:

  • Increased productivity. Employees have fewer distractions and better focus.
  • Lower costs. Reduce overheads by managing office capacity or eliminating the need.
  • Boosts flexibility. Going hybrid or remote allows businesses to easily shift according to client and business needs.
  • Supports employee’s work/life balance. Retention rates may improve with boosted employee satisfaction.

From the employee's perspective, there are plenty of benefits to working from home all or some of the time.

  • No commuting time. Having more time to focus on daily routines leads to fewer sick days.
  • Flexibility. Remote working often means that as long as tasks are completed to a high standard, the work can be carried out around other life obligations.
  • Easy collaboration. Coming together in a digital workspace can be more productive than physical meetings.

Negatives of Remote and Hybrid Work

Although there are clear benefits of hybrid and remote working, not everything is blissful. From an employer's point of view, these are some of the challenges:

  • Disjointed teams. Collaboration can be easier in remote working, but the wider team can feel disconnected.
  • Difficult to culture set. Workplace cultures are important, and remote working can make it difficult to foster.

Even though employees have more flexibility and increased productivity, it’s not without challenges either:

  • Increases costs at home. You will have energy costs and equipment costs to consider.
  • Poor work/life balance. Dipping into work too much can lead to a poor work/life balance.

Remote and hybrid working are continuing to see an increase in adoption rate, which is a testament to the benefits. If you’re ready to downsize your office and move to a hybrid working model, or find a new office get in touch with Better Business Relocation to see how we can help. Better Business Relocation offer a number of business removals services including; IT Relocation, Space Planning, Project/Move Management, Furniture Supply and End of Lease Cleaning alongside our more standard services.

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