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June 24, 2022

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Hybrid working

Is hybrid working here to stay?

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), more than 8 in 10 (84%) of pandemic home workers said they planned to carry out some form of hybrid working in the future, spending their working hours between their workplace and home.

Woman sat at laptop at homeAround four in ten people who had to work from home because of the coronavirus pandemic said they planned to work mostly from home in the future, when asked in February 2022. This was a rise of over ten percentage points since April 2021.

The proportion of home workers planning to work mostly from home rose 12 percentage points between April 2021 and February 2022.

Numbers rise in 2022

During 2022, the proportion of working adults who reported hybrid working has risen from 13% in early February 2022 to nearly a quarter (24%) in late April and early May 2022. Around one in seven workers (14%) reported working from home exclusively, while the most common working pattern was travelling to work exclusively, with 46% of workers reporting this.

Age of hybrid workers

Workers aged 30 to 49 years were the most likely to report hybrid working between 27 April and 8 May 2022, with 29% reporting doing so.

The proportion of people who reported working from home exclusively was similar between age groups, with the highest proportion among those aged 16 to 29 years (16%), and the lowest proportion among those aged 70 years and over (10%).

Travelling to work exclusively was the most common working schedule for those aged between 16 and 69 years, with more than half of workers aged 16 to 29 years and aged 50 to 69 years doing so.

Improved work life balance

More than three-quarters (78%) of those who worked from home in some capacity said that being able to work from home gave them an improved work life balance in February 2022. Half reported it was quicker to complete work (52%) and that they had fewer distractions (53%). Almost half also reported improved well-being (47%).

The most common benefit of working from home was improved work life balance.

Read: SHP’s in-depth guide to home working

When SHP met Louis Theroux…

The Safety & Health Podcast brings you the full recording of Louis Theroux’s keynote session at Safety & Health Expo.

Louis sat down with SHP Editor Ian Hart, in front of a packed Keynote Theatre audience, to discuss all things, from communicating effectively and working in hostile to health and health and wellbeing.

Louis Theroux Safety & Health Podcast

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