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Companies allow flexible working protecting employee’s wellbeing

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an office workspace Image credit: shrm.org

Following the government’s announcement advising people to work from home as the Ontario Covid-19 variant continues to spread a percentage of firms are allowing employees to carry on working in the office to protect their mental health.

The past two years has highlighted how daily work routines can affect people’s wellbeing spurring businesses to take a more flexible view on the working environment.

From Monday employees are advised not to go into the office unless it is a necessity.

Companies such as accountancy firm PwC and Slaughter and May are granting permission for workers to continue working in their buildings should they have mental health conditions.

The news reflects on studies carried out at the height of the pandemic which highlighted people experiencing loneliness and distress being isolated working from home.

Another accountant firm, KPMG, has stated only highly important meetings will take place face-to-face at “Covid-secure KPMG offices or client sites”.

PwC’s chairman Kevin Ellis said: “There’s no denying this will be a challenge for some sectors. The majority of our people had returned to the office two to three days a week. It’s the busy season for audit and there’s also lots of deal activity that benefits from some in-person meetings.”

Insurer firm Aviva are carrying out a hybrid working system which sees employees splitting their time working in the office and at home providing they take a daily lateral flow test if they are commuting.

Our poll showed 80% of you would rather work from home, 12% in the office and 8% of you don’t mind where you go.