Topia's Latest Research Reveals Changing Attitudes Towards Remote Work, Global Talent Mobility & Business Travel
Below is an excerpt from Topia’s latest research into employee and employer trends and attitudes relating to remote work, global talent mobility, and business travel, “Adapt to the new realities of your distributed workforce.”
Attitudes to work location have fundamentally changed since 2020. While most desk jobs would previously have been carried out in an office, this is no longer necessarily the case. And with the boundaries blurring between remote work, business travel and assignments, there are new challenges - and new opportunities - facing HR professionals.
For the past three years, Topia has been tracking shifts in attitudes and behaviors around work location - examining the perspectives of both employees and employers from the US and the UK. This year's survey shows that over half of employees report that they are now working away from an office setting more often than pre-2020.
With long- and short-term assignments back in earnest, as well as the return of business travel, this means that greater numbers of employees are working in a wider range of places than ever before. New terminology has emerged to start to capture this altered reality for many knowledge workers. From various types of hybrid working practices, to 'workcations', 'hush trips' and 'bleisure', employees and HR teams are navigating new forms of work location flexibility on an unprecedented scale.
With the growing uptake of hybrid work and employees changing locations for projects, assignments or business trips, there are a host of associated risks that companies will need to manage. Luckily, our research suggests that employees are comfortable giving employers visibility into their working location. This can help HR teams mitigate these risks and streamline the management of their distributed workforce.
And, of course, the benefits to companies of enabling more flexibility around work location are significant, as a majority of employees are now seeking options to work from home or other non-office locations. Organizations that can offer this flexibility will be better positioned to attract and retain top talent.
Above is an excerpt from Topia’s latest research into employee and employer trends and attitudes relating to remote work, global talent mobility, and business travel, “Adapt to the new realities of your distributed workforce.”
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