Flexible working causing company culture concerns

According to LinkedIn research, 83% of companies are shifting to enable flexible working in the future, however 50% are concerned that this may impact company culture.

Thirty-seven per cent of business leaders said they are worried about employee mental health, while 35% reported fearing that employees may be bored or demotivated due to the continued time away from workplaces.

Leaders and HR professionals are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact the extended period of remote working is having on organisational culture and employee morale.

It is believed that relationships and trust that employees have formed over months or years of working together in-person can be harder to build virtually, particularly for new employees or people moving internally to different roles or functions where they will have entirely new teams.

This can ultimately have an impact on business performance.  The ways companies have had to adapt during the pandemic may feel new or disorienting to some employees. Clear and regular communication is key to keeping workforces updated during times of change or upheaval.

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of respondents believed that the move to remote working will help companies improve access to diverse talent pools and candidates from under-represented groups, and 70% said their organisation is committed to improving diverse hiring.

More than two-thirds (68%) believe virtual interviews will become standard, and nearly a third (32%) are implementing virtual onboarding programmes for new employees.

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