With the pandemic creating a much different way of working for many people, a new report has revealed that 76% of UK firms are concerned about the impact of hybrid working.
With more people now working remotely, the Robert Half research found that employers are worried this will have an impact on both staff loyalty and company culture.
According to Robert Half’s 2022 Salary Guide – an annual report for projected salary ranges, benefits and hiring trends across several sectors – 29% of senior leaders said their biggest concern about staff retention is dissatisfaction with company culture.
Remote and hybrid working seems to be exacerbating this issue, for example, business leaders say that it has led to:
- Fewer integration activities at work (cited by 34%)
- Less teamwork (34%)
- A growing distance between colleagues (31%)
Businesses are also faced with having to create a perfect balance in order to maintain loyalty, with 41% of UK workers saying that they believe flexible working should be offered as a standard.
Matt Weston, Robert Half’s UK Managing Director, commented, “Candidates are demanding flexible working conditions and businesses are delivering, but concerns are starting to emerge about the impact of home-working on corporate culture, leaving businesses between a rock and a hard place. It is crucial that business leaders find a way to balance flexibility with the culture and communication required to create a loyal and cohesive team.
“We’re already seeing a tsunami of turnover as employees shift their priorities and expectations in the wake of the pandemic, so business leaders need to listen carefully to strike the right balance and prevent their best talent from jumping ship.”
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