The Future of Work: Employers, employees and the long road to compromise

A new study from Arizent — parent company of Accounting, American Banker, Bond Buyer, Digital Insurance, Employee Benefit News, Financial Planning and National Mortgage News — explores business attitudes around remote work and provides new insights into how both business leaders and employees are thinking about the workplace in the future.

More than one year into the pandemic, a quarter of the workforce is still working remotely. The survey finds that employees have fully embraced the flexibility of these arrangements, 62% of respondents saying they would like to work from home for the majority of the time if their employer would allow it.

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Other key findings of the research include:

Employers accept that hybrid work is a given during this transitional time, yet they are not offering stipends or financial incentives for remote employees to create functional workspaces at home.

Employers must have an open dialogue with employees about the benefits they need that will support their success as well as reduce stress and potentially damaging mental health issues.

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Technology can be a vital tool in advancing these efforts. As employers plan ahead, technology can assist in safety and workplace management solutions, helping to rebuild the workforce through virtual recruiting and providing much-needed telehealth support.

With the right tactics and an ongoing conversation with their employees, employers can expect to retain their workforce — and succeed. Employers’ confidence and optimism signal a bright future when it comes to their economic success and their ability to grow their pool of talent.

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