Chartered accountancy and consultancy firm Theta Global Advisors, who specialise in freelance working options for the UK private sector, questioned more than 2,000 adults about their vision for the post-pandemic working world. This is the first nationally representative survey of its kind.
Results of the survey include:
- Two-thirds of the working population (65%) reported that commuting in the pandemic was the most stressful part of the day.
- 57% of people did not want to go back to the normal way of working in an office environment with normal office hours.
- Nearly half of all UK business leaders (45%) believed that the working environment would change for the better due to the virus and lockdowns.
- The downside of the investigation revealed that almost a quarter (24%) of UK employers of the adults questioned had made no arrangements for flexible office working.
This alarmed MD and founder of Theta Global, Chris Biggs, pictured, who said: “Many workers will be looking forward to being able to work more flexibly and comfortably, but there will also be a number of people whose employers are still reluctant to compromise.
“Business leaders would do well to realise that the ‘new normal’ of flexible, remote working is here to stay, and should adapt now to pivot their business, remove unnecessary overheads and commit to a plan for a post-Covid future.”
Chris said several benefits had emerged from the government’s “stay at home” advice: “From the removal of the commute to boosted productivity when working from home, there are numerous benefits to flexible working that the pandemic has uncovered for millions of employers and employees alike.”