A future of hybrid working: adapting to a long-term shift out of the office

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March 23, 2021

Some 97% of UK civil servants want to keep the option to work from home after the pandemic, according to a recent survey by senior officials’ union the FDA. Of these respondents, the research found, 70% would like to spend a minimum of three days a week at home.

‘Hybrid’ working has benefits for employers as well as staff – cutting property costs, for example, and broadening the talent pool by permitting the recruitment of people based well away from offices. It can also support diversity and inclusion, allowing people to fit jobs around their disabilities, lifestyles or caring responsibilities.

But transitioning from emergency response to a sustainable future of flexible, dispersed working will bring its challenges. How can leaders ensure that officials working remotely remain as engaged and valued as those who come into the office daily? Organisations need ways to support seamless collaboration and communication outside the office environment. And there are implications for the tools, technologies and workspaces provided for staff: employers will need new teamworking and HR practices, digital systems and workspaces, for example.

This event will explore how governments can adapt to the future of hybrid working. Civil service leaders and industry experts will discuss themes including the management of more dispersed workforces; the work needed to address cultural and technical challenges; and the new policies, workspaces and tools required by employers.