A new report titled ‘Working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown: Changing preferences and the future of work’ from the University of Kent and the University of Birmingham has revealed that companies need to do more to support flexible working.
The research revealed that moms in particular were feeling the pressures of trying to balance childcare with work responsibilities. Throughout the lockdown, many mothers were forced to spend their evenings taking care of work and dads stepped up childcare duties.
Additionally, 30% of respondents said their productivity increased and many said they would like to continue working from home in the future.
62% said they were equipped with the appropriate resources and tools to work from home, while support for using such tools rose to 65% from pre-pandemic levels.
In order to continue supporting workers who need more flexibility in a post-pandemic workplace, employers should offer improved clear communications about flexible work policies. Even more, organizations need to find new ways to keep workers engaged and recognize employee accomplishments.
Another way to keep all employees satisfied is to integrate a reverse mentoring program to help improve intergenerational understanding and pivot away from common ideas on work culture such as presenteeism and more.