Two-thirds of staff want flexible working to stay, say Microsoft!

Most workers in the UK want flexible working to continue, according to new research from Microsoft that highlights a disconnect between business leaders and their staff.

As the Government eases lockdown measures designed to tackle the spread of COVID-19, companies are planning how their employees can return to the office – and how often.

Microsoft has today published the UK findings from its global Work Trend Index, entitled “The Next Great Disruption is Hybrid Work – Are We Ready?”. The company surveyed more than 30,000 people in 31 countries, analysed trillions of productivity labour signals across Microsoft 365 and LinkedIn, and talked to experts in collaboration, social capital and space design at work.

The UK research found that 71 percent of UK workers want flexible work options to stay after the COVID-19 crisis has passed. Additionally, more than a third (37 percent) are likely to move to a new location in the next year because they can work remotely, emphasising a desire for continued remote working options.

However, the desire for more flexible working among staff appears out of step with the demands of their bosses.

One in five (20 percent) UK workers feel that their company doesn’t care about their work-life balance, with 57 percent of UK employees feeling “overworked”, and 47 percent saying they are “exhausted”.

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