Survey shows many plan to ask for permanent flexible working

A new poll shows that 44% of people say they plan to ask for permanent flexible working following the coronavirus restrictions.

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More than two fifths of people are likely to ask their employer for permanent flexible working arrangements after restrictions linked to coronavirus are fully lifted, according to a new survey.

The survey of 2,000 adults by Direct Line shows 44 per cent of people say they will ask for permanent flexible working when the crisis ends, with working two days a week from home the most popular option. One in 12 people say they will ask if they can work fully from home on a permanent basis.

Direct Line says this is due to many having proved that they can work remotely during lockdown.

Chloe Couper of Direct Line Life Insurance said: “While the lockdown has been an incredibly difficult and disruptive time for many, it seems to have also had an impact on the mindset of millions of UK workers about the aspects of their life they want to change once it is over.

“Many people wouldn’t have considered their employer would accept a flexible working request, despite it being legal to make one, before the pandemic but now companies and employees have become used to home working as the ‘new norm’, it seems many hope to make part of the change permanent.”

 



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