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Report shows more than half of employers are now looking to hire employees to work remotely following the initial lockdown.
A report conducted by Management Today and Hays with 280 business leaders found that more than half (55%) are now more likely to hire an employee who would predominantly work remotely. This contradicts the finding that only 33% of survey respondents have advertised for jobs as either fully or partly based remotely. However, 65% then said for future vacancies; they would advertise vacancies as fully/partly working remotely.
Due to the government-issued lockdown in March 2020, 67% of survey respondents stated that they had recruited staff without meeting in person and the majority of these respondents (65%) stated that they found the process just as efficient.
When it comes to the induction process for new starters, however, 48% of survey respondents declared that remote induction was less productive than in-person induction whereas, 46% said that they could not see a difference. The remainder said they considered inductions done remotely to be more effective.
In terms of employee productivity whilst working from home, 52% of survey respondents found that productivity was maintained and 32% found that productivity had increased. The remaining 16% said that they noticed productivity reduced whilst remote working.
The responses to the survey show that more businesses are considering the prospect of remote working for their employees. Although many businesses had hoped the lockdown earlier this year was a temporary measure and normality would ensue in due course, it is now becoming clear that home working may last longer than anticipated and employers will have to consider making some changes in relation to recruitment processes in the future.
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