Working Dads’ 2021 end-of-year survey, sponsored by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, asked how likely you’d be to change employment if more flexible jobs were being offered.
The pandemic has blown open the traditional work model as we know and here at Working Dads, flexible working is at the heart of what we advocate.
So when we surveyed our readers recently, did they think there were more flexible jobs out there as a result of Covid-19? Well, according to more than three in four of you, that’s a big yes. And more importantly, when we followed that question with whether those new kinds of positions would make it more likely for you to change jobs, 70% agreed.
In other words, working dads are looking for flexibility more than ever before and the pandemic has potentially opened up some opportunities to change the way we go about our work.
Thirty-eight per cent of respondents said they were more likely to work in a hybrid way following the pandemic. Which is interesting, because when we asked people whether they were working remotely and if so why, almost 80% answered that they worked remotely during Covid, but 20% fewer admitted they thought it would be staying that way.
Just over 11% are no longer remote at all, while half that don’t know how much longer their remote working will last.
So it looks like six out of ten people should be more flexible with their 9-5 office hours from now on, which is a good thing. And it shows that if companies want to retain the best staff, then seriously considering how to work out a flexible arrangement with them is the key. Because if there is more flexibility out there, then employees might well be inclined to find it.