It’s National Work Life Week, organised by Working Families; a UK charity focused on removing the barriers that those responsible for caring for others face in the workplace. This year, the campaign focuses on flexible working and how it’s more important than ever during the cost-of-living crisis.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, only 1.7 million UK employees worked from home. To put that figure into perspective, in 2019, there were 32.6 million people actively working in the UK, so that’s 5% of employees.
When you look at research by Statista, we can see that there’s been a steady increase year on year, but there was a considerable jump between 2019 and 2020 when the number of people mainly working from home rose to 5.6 million – a 30% increase.
In this blog, we take a look at: What is flexibility, employee retention and acquisition, mental and physical wellbeing benefits, and financial wellbeing benefits.