23 September 2021
Our latest 'Return to the Workplace' survey found that while currently 73% of organisations still have more than three-quarters of their staff working from home, that figure is expected to drop to 16% – about one in six – in 12 months’ time. Michael Kavanagh, CEO of the ACOI, said: ‘The survey indicates that while companies in this sector have adapted en masse to remote working, it is not a situation that most see likely to continue as is into next year
The number of people working from home is set to
drop in the next 12 months according to a new return-to-work survey.
While 73pc of organisations still have more than
75pc of their staff working from home, that figure is expected to drop to 16pc
in 12 months’ time.
This is according to a new survey from the
Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland ACOI.
The survey of more than 250 organisations also
noted that 79pc of businesses currently have an appointed staff member, or
team, to take charge of adherence to the return-to-work protocols as workforces
throughout the country transition back to the office.
The findings show that 22pc of organisations
currently have 100pc of their staff working from home (down from 27pc in 2020)
- just 3pc believe that this will be the case in 12 months’ time.
91pc of organisations currently have more than 50pc
of staff working from home – this figure is set to drop to 49pc by this time
Home based working currently accounts for 78pc of
staff working practices, compared with 73pc in the same period in 2020.
Amongst firms that have dedicated Covid compliance
staff, a large portion have a dedicated team responsible for compliance (63pc)
as opposed to having an individual (37pc).
The chief executive of the ACOI, said just 8pc of all
organisations surveyed said they had no plan to appoint someone with
responsibility for the return-to-work protocols.
Michael Kavanagh said: “It’s evident that this role
will have a place in most organisations going forward and for the foreseeable
“The sense we are getting from many employers is
that there’s going to be a lot of work involved to ensure a safe and
streamlined return to the traditional place of work, be that on a part-time or
full-time basis, and for this to happen someone needs to be leading the way,”
Mr Kavanagh said that more organisations (63pc) are
leaning towards engaging a team of Covid-19 return-to-work adherence staff,
rather than just an individual.
He said this could perhaps be reflective of the
challenging nature of the role, he said: “It’s not necessarily a one-person
job, particularly in a larger company.
“Between adherence to the various protocols such as
mask wearing, sufficient ventilation, and social distancing - not to mention
ensuring the correct roll out of sanitising procedures and increased employee
hygiene measures – there is a lot to consider, and to, in turn, communicate to
staff members,” he said.
He added: “At this stage of the pandemic, as we emerge from the acute
situation that has kept us out of workplaces over the last 18 months, companies
and staff face a significant transition back to office-based practices. The
survey indicates that while companies in this sector have adapted en masse to
remote working, it is not a situation that most see likely to continue ‘as is’
into next year”.