It’s been a week of surveys, but Littler’s Annual Employment Survey report stands out because data was gathered from a large 1,160 in-house attorneys, C-suites and HR professionals, and since It covers a wide range of issues from planning a return to the physical workspace, to strategies for supporting well-being and employee engagement.
Employers planning for a move to a workplace -pandemic workplace are faced with a lot of novel issues – and addressing a disconnect with employees about what the future of the job is and the return to those. physical workspace as at the top of the list.
In the extreme issue of how to reopen offices and activities, there is tension between employers ’plans and employee preferences. While 71% of employers surveyed believe that most of their employees who can work remotely prefer a hybrid model and that only 4% prefer full-time personal work, 28% of those employers are planning to reinstate most employees full time and personally. , and 55% will offer a hybrid model (i.e., a mix of remote and personal work). Only 7% say their employees who are able to work remotely full time can continue to do so if they wish, despite 16% saying they believe they would prefer this option.
[Dark blue: Having few employees at work; Green: redesigning the office layout; Grey: Providing additional technology and/or reimbursement for home office related expenses; Light blue: Building formal support for employees with flexible work arrangements; Orange: utilising ‘office hoteling’ where employees reserve desks for a day to facilitate Hybrid work schedules; Yellow: reducing the size of our office space; Purple: Relocating operations out of cities or densely populated areas; Light grey: None.]
Most notably, 67% of respondents say they have (or intend to have) fewer employees working on-site individually, while 55% say about redesigning the office layout. A fair number of employers are also committed to supporting remote workers, either through additional technology and / or payment for home office-related costs (41%) or formal support for those with remote and flexible work arrangements (35%).
[Dark blue: developing internal training programs for current employees; Grey: hiring more employees with strong technology skill; Green: Conducting an analysis to identify new skill sets neeed in our workforce and guide talent planning and job training; Blue: working with industry groups, universities or other institutions to create training programs; Orange: None. ]
Asked what organizations are doing to equip employees with technological skills as the pandemic continues to change the skills workers need, perhaps the biggest surprise (or not) was that 38% said ‘no. ‘ However, it is reassuring to see that the biggest vote goes for the development of internal training programs for current employees.
You can access this report for free: https://www.littler.com/files/2021_littler_employer_survey_report.pdf
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