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Future of employment to prioritise well-being

The Office of National Statistics has recently released a report indicating a shift in the way businesses are approaching the concept of work.

According to the data, as of late November 2023, 18 per cent of businesses are either currently implementing or planning to implement increased homeworking as a permanent business model.

The Office of National Statistics highlighted a trend, revealing that 56 per cent of businesses cited improved staff well-being as the primary motivation for embracing this shift. This revelation not only signals a shift in workplace dynamics but also emphasises a collective commitment to enhancing the work-life balance and overall job satisfaction of employees.

The IOEE is an advocate for progressive work practices. The company believes that the increased adoption of home working as a permanent business model represents a game-changer in the way businesses operate, fostering a healthier and more balanced work life for employees.

The key advantages of the well-being shift include:

  • Enhanced work-life balance: With the flexibility that comes with remote work, employees can better manage their professional and personal responsibilities, leading to a more harmonious work-life balance.
  • Improved staff well-being: The statistics affirm what many have believed – that a work environment that prioritises employee well-being leads to a happier and more engaged workforce.
  • Increased job satisfaction: Providing employees with the autonomy to choose where they work can contribute significantly to job satisfaction, which in turn positively impacts overall productivity, efficiency, and creativity.
  • Environmental sustainability: A reduction in the need for daily commutes translates to fewer carbon emissions, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly business model. Embracing home working aligns with corporate social responsibility goals and positions companies as champions of eco-friendly practices.
  • Cost savings for businesses and employees: Home working can result in substantial cost savings for both businesses and employees. Reduced office space requirements, utility bills, and transportation expenses contribute to significant financial benefits, fostering a more cost-effective and sustainable business model.
  • Global talent access: Embracing remote work allows companies to tap into a global talent pool, breaking down geographical barriers. This expansion of the talent search can lead to a more diverse and inclusive workforce, bringing fresh perspectives and ideas to the table.

Jonathan Harper, Communications Executive at IOEE said, “having a balanced approach to office-based and home-based work improves my work-life balance greatly. Being able to complete my tasks from my own home means I don’t have to miss out on fulfilling my job role, but I also don’t have to miss out on those special family moments. I always ensure that my work is completed to the same high standard, to enjoy the benefit of a hybrid working pattern."

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