58% say flexible working helps with living costs

flexible workingAlmost six in 10 (58%) hybrid workers said flexible working has helped them to manage the increased cost of living, according to research from Glassdoor.

Around 2,000 UK office workers were surveyed to further understand the impact of successful hybrid working patterns on employees, and found that 23% admitted commuting has made it harder to cope with the cost of living.

Nearly three-quarters (71%) of hybrid workers in full-time employment said they were happy with the arrangement, with 58% finding themselves to be more productive and 63% generally happier.

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Respondents reported an improved work-life balance (64%) and greater autonomy over their work (74%), while also being able to better attend to caring for children or other responsibilities (66 %). Half (49%) were less likely to look for a different job.

Glassdoor reviews revealed that hybrid workers rated their businesses significantly higher for every workplace factor than non-hybrid workers. Those who mentioned hybrid working in their reviews rate their work-life balance as 4.4 out of 5, compared to 3.8 out of for those who did not discuss it.

However, there were also negative effects. For example, 43% found it harder to connect with colleagues, with 41% struggling to learn from their peers and finding it challenging to build a relationship with their manager or senior colleagues. One-third (35%) felt that their working arrangement stunted their progression.

Lauren Thomas, UK economist at Glassdoor, said: “While some businesses may be reluctant to allow hybrid and flexible working, Glassdoor’s research shows that workers are generally happier, more productive and less likely to consider leaving if they are allowed autonomy and flexibility over their working pattern.

“However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the world of work post-pandemic. Employers need to introduce proper hybrid working policies for those who are at the start of their career, or are not managers, to continue to learn, flourish and make connections at work. The key to successful hybrid working is creating a workplace community and culture that supports employees professionally and personally.”