Many businesses have long had hangups over allowing employees to fully work from home.
According to a survey by Mercer, a human resources consulting firm, prior to the pandemic only one in 30 employers allowed half (or more) of their workforce to be remote.
Updated survey results were recently published and the number of employers who plan to allow that volume of remote work is now one in three.
Most likely, the improvement in comfort level comes down to productivity — 94% of employers said workplace productivity has been the same or higher since the pandemic began, despite many workers being remote; 72% said they plan to continue offering more flexible work hours, with 60% offering parents the ability to modify shifts to address childcare needs.
While the challenges in maintaining company culture has been cited as a drawback, the biggest obstacle to a more flexible workplace was resistance from company leaders.