27 April 2017
Employers ‘need clear approach’ to remote working
Employers need to adopt a clear approach when it comes to remote working, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
At present, some people are struggling to switch off outside of normal working hours, the group said. A third of adults feel having remote access to their office intrudes on their personal life.
The CIPD has reported that two in five people regularly deal with texts and emails outside of their normal working hours.
Claire McCartney from the institute said remote working can prove beneficial, by opening up the jobs market to more people.
But she added: "A lack of clarity and guidance for employees around remote working can cultivate an environment where some employees feel unable to physically or mentally switch off. This can have adverse effects on employee well-being and their engagement with the organisation, as well as their productivity at work."
In light of the potential dangers posed by remote working, Ms McCartney said a "clear approach" is now needed, along with a "wider enabling culture". She concluded that people should be trusted to take ownership of their work by their employers.