‘58% say flexi working has helped them manage cost of living’

A new survey from Glassdoor shows 58% of workers say flexible working has helped them offset some cost of living pressures.

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Over half of hybrid workers [58%] say flexible working has helped them to manage the increased cost of living while 23 per cent say commuting has made it harder to cope with the cost of living, according to a survey by work insights company Glassdoor.

The survey of 2,0000 workers found that the majority find flexible working a positive experience, with nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of hybrid workers in full-time employment saying they are happy with their arrangements.

Over half (58 percent) said they were more productive and 63 percent were generally happier. Six in 10 (64 percent) hybrid employees report improved work-life balance and greater autonomy over their work (74 percent) while also being able to better attend to personal responsibilities such as caring for children or life-admin (66 percent). Nearly half (49 percent) said they were less likely to look for a job because of the flexibility to switch between home and their workplace.

However, four in 10 (43 percent) hybrid workers have found it harder to connect to their colleagues, struggled to learn from their peers (41 percent) or found it challenging to build a relationship with their manager or senior colleagues (41 percent). A third (35 percent) of hybrid workers also feel that their working arrangement has stunted their progression.

Analysis of more than 527,000 reviews on Glassdoor’s employer rating site shows that UK hybrid workers rate their company significantly higher for every workplace factor than non-hybrid workers, indicating greater satisfaction in their role and more work life balance.

The research also found that although both one in four hybrid and non-hybrid workers click on job ads within a week of leaving a review on Glassdoor, those who do not mention hybrid working are nearly twice as likely to start job applications. In total, 2.4 percent of hybrid employees applied to a new job within a week of leaving their review, versus 4.3 percent of other employees – a 43 percent difference.

Glassdoor says this indicates that employers who offer their staff a good hybrid working experience are likely to have less turnover.

Glassdoor’s UK economist, Lauren Thomas, said: “In today’s tight labour market where there are record levels of job vacancies and unemployment is low, employees are the driving force for changing how we work. While some companies may be reluctant to allow hybrid working, Glassdoor’s research shows that workers are generally happier, more productive and less likely to consider leaving if they are allowed autonomy and flexibility over their working pattern.

“However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the world of work post-pandemic. Companies need to introduce proper hybrid working policies for those who are at the start of their career, or are not managers, to continue to learn, flourish and make connections at work. The key to successful hybrid working is creating a workplace community and culture that supports employees professionally and personally.”

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