Many countries have started to embrace remote working to attract digital nomads to relocate. But which countries are embracing hybrid working solutions for their own residents?
France has a long history with teletravail. Following the strikes of 2019/2020, many French workers already had become well acquainted with the remote working lifestyle before the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although some would assume that workers may have grown tired of remote working, a recent survey conducted by Anact-Aract, found that most employees want to continue working remotely. Over 75% of workers want to work remotely for at least 1 day a week, with some opting for more than 3 days per week.
Some companies with French office locations, like Dropbox, have already paved the way for remote working in France thanks to their ‘Virtual First’ approach. Following Anact-Aract’s survey, many more companies will soon be adopting similar working practices in order to boost productivity and employee wellness.
British and Northern Irish workers are also no strangers to the ins and outs of remote working. However, a recent survey by the Office for National Statistics has shown workers would rather adopt hybrid working methods. A staggering 85% reported they want a mix between working from home and on site post-COVID. A staggering 85% reported they want a mix between working from home and on-site post-COVID. This indeed tends to give workers autonomy and flexibility to work at their pace and comfort. Many would, however, require to get their uk visa renewed to be able to work from their office location again. In cases of this sort, working from home might prove to be a more feasible option for international employees.
But, some companies are worried due to the broad possibilities that fall under the category of hybrid working. “Everyone defines hybrid working differently, so it’s going to be an enormous challenge for businesses to fit the jigsaw pieces together,” reports Sarah Coles, personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.
Luckily, there are many virtual tools, like Wurkr, that make the transition to permanent hybrid working go smoothly. Created for distributed teams, Wurkr enables employees to work together from anywhere, may that be from the comfort of their own homes or from the familiarity of the organization’s office.
Regardless of these concerns, it seems that it may become illegal to force UK workers back to the office full-time. A Whitehall source told the Daily Mail: ‘We are looking at introducing a default right to flexible working. That would cover things like reasonable requests by parents to start late so they can drop their kids at childcare.
It seems that the future of UK work is hybrid.
Many US workers want to continue working from home after the pandemic. According to a 2021 Harris Poll survey only 25% of American workers want to return to the office full-time.
This may come as no surprise following comments made by KPMG CEO Paul Knopp. Knopp has continuously announced throughout the pandemic that he sees a future where more employees will work virtually (either full-time or part-time). The dreams of many Americans seem to be coming true as more US companies, like Google and Facebook, have introduced permanent WFH structures.
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