Work culture shifting to prioritise wellbeing

The Office of National Statistics recently released a report indicating a notable shift in the way businesses approach work concepts. As of late November 2023, 18% of businesses are either implementing or planning to implement increased homeworking as a permanent business model.

The Office of National Statistics revealed a trend where 56% of businesses cited improved staff wellbeing as the primary motivation for this shift. This development not only signals a change in workplace dynamics but also underscores a commitment to enhancing employees' work-life balance and job satisfaction.

The IOEE, an advocate for progressive work practices, welcomed this development, recognising its positive impact on workforce well-being and satisfaction. The IOEE believes that the growing adoption of homeworking as a permanent model marks a significant change in business operations, promoting a healthier and more balanced work life for employees.

The key advantages of this shift towards wellbeing include:

  • Enhanced Work-Life Balance: Remote work flexibility allows employees to better manage their professional and personal responsibilities, fostering a more harmonious balance.
  • Improved Staff Wellbeing: The statistics support the belief that a work environment prioritising employee well-being leads to a happier, more engaged workforce.
  • Increased Job Satisfaction: Autonomy in choosing a work location can significantly enhance job satisfaction, positively affecting productivity, efficiency, and creativity.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Reduced commuting reduces carbon emissions, aligning with corporate social responsibility goals and eco-friendly practices.
  • Cost Savings: Homeworking can lead to significant financial benefits for both businesses and employees, including reduced office space and transportation expenses.
  • Global Talent Access: Remote work expands the talent search globally, promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce.

The IOEE is committed to adapting to the evolving workforce needs, as employment practices change.

Jonathan Harper, Communications Executive at IOEE, stated: “Having a balanced approach to office based and home-based work improves my work-life balance greatly. Being able to complete my tasks from my own home means I don’t have to miss out on fulfilling my job role, but I also don’t have to miss out on those special family moments. I always ensure that my work is completed to the same high standard, in order to enjoy the benefit of a hybrid working pattern."

The IOEE advocates for this new work paradigm, envisioning a future where work is an empowering experience that promotes skill development, a better sense of well-being, and increased job satisfaction.