A report by the Work Foundation and the Chartered Management Institute has made a series of recommendations to government to help business, workers and the economy get the most out of hybrid working.
The authors polled managers and remote workers to find out attitudes towards hybrid working and identify problems with current processes.
Recommendations to government include:
- Develop an employer campaign and accreditation programme to promote inclusive flexible working practices, including the ‘Right to Disconnect’
- Require that large employers share information on their approach to flexible work and their progress in encouraging take-up across their organisation.
- Support the development of management capability in providing inclusive hybrid work.
- Make flexible working the default position for all employees, with flexible options included in all job adverts
- Prioritise inclusive employers within funding and procurement exercises
Prospect Research Director Andrew Pakes said:
“It is welcome to see the conversation about the future of work move beyond ‘should people be in the office’ to ‘how do we make hybrid working operate in a way that is fair, and that works’. One of the most important parts of this must be consulting staff and unions in decisions so that workforces are properly bought in, and any changes are introduced fairly.
“The report also highlights the need to avoid adopting a one-size-fits all policy, and to make sure that in allowing flexibility we don’t bake in inequality or amplify things like a damaging ‘always on’ culture. Prospect has led the way on this particular issue, championing a statutory Right to Disconnect so that people are not pressured into working all the time purely because they have the tech to allow it.
“We have a huge opportunity as the economy recovers to transform the world of work for the better. This will take leadership and commitment – business and government could do worse than talking this report as the starting point.”