Gartner survey highlights the changed attitude to remote working

Published: Wednesday, 15 July 2020 09:22

A recent Gartner survey of company leaders, representing HR, legal and compliance, finance and real estate, found that 82 percent of respondents intend to permit remote working some of the time as employees return to the workplace.

Nearly half of respondents (47 percent) said they intend to allow employees to work remotely full time going forward. For some organizations, flex time will be the new normal as 43 percent of survey respondents reported they will grant employees flex days, while 42 percent will provide flex hours.

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a huge experiment in widespread remote working,” said Elisabeth Joyce, vice president of advisory in the Gartner HR practice. “As business leaders plan and execute reopening of their workplaces, they are evaluating more permanent remote working arrangements as a way to meet employee expectations and to build more

Organizations that are welcoming employees back to the workplace are instituting a variety of safety measures. Respondents were nearly unanimous in planning to limit face-to-face meetings (94 percent) and providing protective equipment such as masks and hand sanitizer (91 percent). 83 percent of respondents said they intend to limit or sequence employee attendance at the workplace.

“The question now facing many organizations is not how to manage a remote workforce, but how to manage a more complex, hybrid workforce,” said Ms. Joyce. “While remote work isn’t new, the degree of remote work moving forward will change how people work together to get their job done.”