European business leaders are taking lessons learned over the last several months and reevaluating the role that remote working plays in a well-oiled workforce.
According to Littler’s European Employer Covid-19 Survey Report, 70% of respondents said they would continue working remotely unless their jobs needed them in the office. Even more, 80% reveal they are requiring or considering offering more remote arrangements for employees.
Employers are considering this transition in order to boost productivity, lower the costs of implementing new safety protocols and closing their offices.
The closure of offices would also alter the role they play in a company. Instead of being a hub where workers attend five days a week, the office would serve as an occasional meeting place only two or three times a week.
While issues about remote working positions have become more prominent, such as problems with mental health, a staggering 90% of respondents said they have made the effort to address their employees’ wellbeing this year.
This includes offering more flexible schedules, as well as receiving feedback about how the organization is navigating the pandemic. However, only 31% said they were offering assistance plans to help their employees to properly address mental health issues.
The report also revealed potential problems that employers will have to face in terms of cutting down their workforce. Many European governments offered programs to keep employees on payrolls throughout the pandemic to keep unemployment low, but 59% said they are expecting to make reductions when the government assistance ends.