After over a year of change and adaptation, what will our workplaces look like in the new normal? As the Government continues to ease restrictions, business leaders must consider how the future will impact their workplace. More importantly, they must consider how it will impact their people.

For many businesses, the pandemic has accelerated workplace wellbeing initiatives and pushed through flexible working plans. It has highlighted the advantages and limitations of traditional workplaces and created divisions by sector and working style. With the workforce divided, how can businesses move forward to create modern and adaptable environments which enable their people to thrive?

We asked 1,500 people across the UK about their future work plans and wellbeing needs. We set out to understand how the workforce is feeling and what businesses can do to help them adapt.

The report explores what to expect from the new normal, how the return to work might differ across sectors and the impact of the right support on wellbeing, engagement and productivity.

What are employees expecting from the new normal?
Explore how employees feel about the future, including reactions to their employer’s approach and what they need to make the transition smoother.

Key findings include:

Just 13% of those currently working from home will be returning to the workplace full time.

66% of employees want more wellbeing support from their employer.

89% of employees are happy with their proposed new way of working.

31% say their employer is not introducing or extending any form of flexible working.

38% of people who work from home feel wellbeing support has improved their productivity.

51% of people are still nervous about the return to work.

Webinar - The future of work: supporting your employees with change and uncertainty

Watch our recent webinar where our expert panel discuss how the Covid-19 restrictions have affected the manufacturing and construction sectors and the impact of the right support on wellbeing, engagement and productivity.

What you’ll learn:

  • How the nation is feeling about the future of the workplace and why we need to address the issues
  • What wellbeing support employees in the manufacturing and construction industry want
  • How industry champion Make UK have supported their members during the pandemic
  • How manufacturing company Airmaster have been supporting their employee wellbeing
  • Practical tips for helping your people cope with change and uncertainty

Resources for HR professionals

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Coping with Covid

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