In the wake of school and workplace closures and family health concerns brought about by COVID-19, employers and employees have had to experiment with new ways of working flexibly. For the most part, this experiment has been a surprising success and has opened employers’ eyes to their workforce’s adaptability. 

 

Before the pandemic, executives believed only 45% of the workforce was adaptable to a new world of work. COVID-19, however, has shattered that belief - today, more than 90% of employers say that productivity has stayed the same or improved with employees working remotely, and 82% say they will implement flexible working at a greater scale post-pandemic, according to a Mercer flexibility survey

 

But, flexible working has not been without its pitfalls: employees are working three hours longer on average each day, 41% of employees have reported experiencing new or increased pain in shoulders, backs, or wrists since working from home; and due to various factors 65% of employers have seen an increase in the utilization of behavioral health.

 

Download the full report to discover how to get started designing a flexible work strategy for your organization.


Lauren Mason
Lauren Mason

Principal, Career

Mary Ann Sardone
Mary Ann Sardone

US Talent Solutions Leader at Mercer

Kate Bravery
Kate Bravery

Global Advisory Solutions & Insights Leader at Mercer

Kelly O'Rourke
Kelly O'Rourke

Principal, Transformation

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