Research Report

While some workers are benefitting from a shift to hybrid, others are facing new challenges

Managers are aware of the benefits remote working brings, with the largest proportion of managers identifying positive impacts for parents (49%) and carers (43%).

Furthermore, evidence from our employee survey finds that disabled workers are 1.3 times more likely than non-disabled workers to be working remotely (57% compared with 44%) and that working remotely was valuable to disabled workers as it allowed them to better manage their energy or their condition.

Working from home can mean reduced visibility in the workplace which may result in different rates of progression for some workers. This could affect those who may already face disadvantage as a result of structural inequalities in the workplace and who may be more likely to work remotely, such as disabled workers.

Managers themselves highlight concerns about staff missing out as a result of hybrid working - particularly younger staff (under 24 years old), women and those with caring responsibilities.

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Key Actions for Employers

Our Employer Guide makes clear recommendations for the actions that organisations can take to best support their staff through a structured, consultative approach to hybrid working:

  • Communication and consultation with staff is essential - This needs to be a continual process and ensure you take account of hours worked and other pressures.
  • Consider implementing a right to disconnect to ensure employees don’t burn out.
  • Ensure managers are adequately trained and prepared to manage hybrid teams and role model hybrid working.
  • Develop action plans around hybrid and remote working which prioritise diversity and inclusion.

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