In the wake of school and workplace closures and family health concerns brought about by COVID-19, employers and employees have had to experiment with new ways of working flexibly. For the most part, this experiment has been a surprising success and has opened employers’ eyes to their workforce’s adaptability.
Before the pandemic, executives believed only 45% of the workforce was adaptable to a new world of work. COVID-19, however, has shattered that belief - today, more than 90% of employers say that productivity has stayed the same or improved with employees working remotely, and 82% say they will implement flexible working at a greater scale post-pandemic, according to a Mercer flexibility survey.
But, flexible working has not been without its pitfalls: employees are working three hours longer on average each day, 41% of employees have reported experiencing new or increased pain in shoulders, backs, or wrists since working from home; and due to various factors 65% of employers have seen an increase in the utilization of behavioral health.
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