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Seven in ten (73%) workers would prefer to work from home some of the time according to a new report, Working Under Covid-19 Lockdown: Transitions and Tensions. The report looks at how organisations and workforces adapted and learned from working from home under the initial lockdown as part of a longitudinal eighteen-month study.
The cross-institutional project, Work After Lockdown is led by Dr Jane Parry, Director of the Centre for Research on Work and Organisations at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton in partnership with Dr Zoe Young of work design specialists, Half the Sky and Professor Stephen Bevan Institute for Employment Studies. The project is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the UK Research & Innovation’s rapid response to Covid-19. The project focuses on two sectors - those who work in local government and the legal profession. You can participate here
Workers have proved they are highly adaptable in these unusual times:
The report also makes five recommendations for employers as they consider how to organise work that meets these changing needs in a post-pandemic world:
Commenting on the research, principal investigator Dr Jane Parry, said: “When we started this research we did not know that lockdown would be a feature of our lives a year on. Our research is highly relevant as we can follow our case study organisations as they continue to adapt and learn from this living experiment in new ways of working”.
Dr Zoe Young, Half the Sky said: “jobs that were once considered office-only can now be performed successfully at home. Lockdown has given the opportunity to rethink what a job entails and where and how it needs to be done”.
Prof Stephen Bevan, IES said: “employers need to focus on wellbeing so that the high level of performance sustained through lockdown is not at the expense of the longer-term health of employees or their organisations”.
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