- The death of the long commute: 17% were commuting for an hour or more pre-pandemic, but none surveyed are doing this regularly now
- The rise of the remote worker: Over half (53%) of the workforce are STILL working completely remote within the same country as their employer
- Digital dreams: 45% of us dream of leading a digital nomad life and a surprising one in five (21%) can say it’s how they currently work
- Great flex-spectations: 72% now think flexible working should be viewed as standard and not a workplace perk
New research by digital recruiters Futureheads has revealed key findings on the long-term impacts of the pandemic on working practices, including the death of the long commute. Prior to Covid-19, 17% of UK workers were regularly commuting for an hour or more, but none surveyed are still doing this regularly 2.5 years on from the start of the pandemic. Additionally, the short commute has shrunk from nearly half (48%) of us commuting locally on a regular basis, to just 2.6% of workers in 2022.
With the vast majority (94%) of those surveyed saying their working setup has changed since the pandemic hit, remote working has become common practice, with over half (53%) of the workforce still working completely remotely within the same country as their employer.
Many are taking the next step with remote working to embrace the life of a digital nomad and work remotely from anywhere in the world, and one in five (21%) now state that this is how they currently work. With Bali in particular being a favourite destination for digital nomads thanks to its affordable living cost, friendly communities, amenities and attractions, it is perhaps unsurprising then that a further 45% dream of this lifestyle. And, with 7.9% of those surveyed now working for online-only businesses, it seems as though the digital nomad lifestyle isn’t as out-of-reach as you might think.
With social factors such as the pandemic, the predicted ‘Great Exhaustion’ (where swathes of workers suffer from burnout) and the cost of living crisis increasing pressure and often causing high stress amongst workforces, providing flexibility and additional supporting benefits is a must for companies across the UK in 2022. In a new role, 1 in 4 respondents voted remote working as a really important option, and 72% think it should be viewed as standard practice rather than a ‘perk’.
Nathan Callaghan, Futureheads Managing Director, commented: “If you’re not a fan of early wake-ups, bustling trains and tedious car journeys, then you’ll be happy to hear the era of the long commute has come to an end. What the findings of our survey really show, is that now more than ever, the ability for a business to adapt working structures that helps workers maintain their work/life balance is vital, as traditional mentalities and strict in-office working structures are no longer as easily accepted by people in 2022.
We’re happy to share these findings so that our clients can build an attractive offer for candidates to attract and retain the best talent, and candidates in turn can enjoy better role offers that support their needs.”
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