Remote working will now become the new norm

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Remote working will now become the new norm

As remote working is being widely used due to the spread of COVID-19, almost two-thirds of employees believe this form of working will become more common once the threat of the virus passes.

This research was conducted by Citrix, a provider of digital workplace solutions, which found that 65 per cent of employees think working from home will be more of a norm following COVID-19.

Prior to the outbreak, the UK was already leading the way in remote working in Europe, with 45 per cent of employees already working from home at least once a week. In comparison to other countries, Germany offers remote working to 43 per cent, France 26 per cent and Italy 22 per cent.

In March 2020, Ryan Bridgman, regional director of UK & I for Jobrapido said that the UK is also leading the way for flexible working in Europe and said:

We are leading the way for flexible working in Europe. However, the Scandinavian countries seem to be good at implementing it as well.

However, 57 per cent of German workers have a home office set up for remote working compared to 41 per cent of UK employees. Over a third (38 per cent) of UK workers say they maintain a balance between work and social life whilst working from home, but 30 per cent said they work longer whilst at home. Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) do say their productivity is either higher or the same as in the office.

Employers can assist employees by providing them with the relevant technologies to work at home, with Citrix advising that companies should provide suitable technologies themselves to create secure remote work environments.

Darren Fields, vice president UK & Ireland, Citrix said:

Employers need to provide their staff with the necessary technology to work flexibly with access to intuitive, user-friendly systems that enable – rather than hamper – collaboration and productivity, whether in the office or working from their kitchen table. The home office will become an integral part of the British work culture, with widespread adoption in future rather than the company or industry-specific approaches to remote working we have seen to date. Today’s global health crisis shows that enabling remote working is the right way forward. Every office worker who can currently work from home is able to not only do their job, but also support society as a whole to help us to navigate this crisis and reach the best possible outcome as quickly as possible.

Citrix and OnePoll, a survey-led marketing research company carried out a survey of 1,000 UK office workers to gather these results.

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  1. I have worked from home on and off for 20 years as a freelance software tester. My clients have often had rules that allow permanent employees to WFH but not contractors.

    I have a dedicated, separate office, with two desks, two chairs, printers, scanners, numerous PCs and laptops and 100gb internet connection. Clearly, I am better equipped than, and have more experience of, working form home than the average permanent employee, yet some clients find it hard to trust the hired help.

    Hopefully the experience of Covid-19 isolation can give managers and leaders the confidence to continue to allow people to WFH if they are productive and happy. Think how we can reduce CO2 emissions and congestion by not commuting every day.

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