Working from home not working for Frasers
Frasers Group has revised its home working policy after it has been claimed that staff are less productive when not in the office.
The business previously had in place a ‘Frasers Friday’ policy that allowed employees to work from home on the final day of the working week. However, the policy has been amended adue to this being regarded as an unproductive day of the week.
It seems this may be a trend amongst businesses who have moved to hybrid or home working since the pandemic. Recently, Morgan Stanley’s Managing Director admonished young bankers who weren’t returning to their offices full time, warning them that their career progress was at stake.
Recent research has suggested that one in five professionals have expressed anxiety about the prospect of missing out on both learning opportunities, and chances to progress when not in the office.
However, another study of 2,000 full-time employees across the UK found that 37% of respondents said that they are more productive working remotely, whilst a further 43% haven’t experienced a change in their level of productivity when working remotely and nearly a quarter of respondents agreed that their work-life balance has improved because they spend less time commuting.
Hybrid and remote working is not going away anytime soon, and is often being viewed as a right, rather than a privilege. It is a question of balance; well written policies setting out expectations and an element of trust will ensure both productive and harmonious working from home arrangements.
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