A greater focus on employee support and wellbeing
Mental health has become an increasingly hot talking point in recent years, the pandemic has shone a spotlight on the topic, particularly in relation to work-life balances. In some aspects, the loss of certain freedoms has negatively impacted people’s frame of mind. However, working from home has enabled people to focus on their work, life balance and spend more time with their families.
Bosses will now need to make a conscious effort to invest in employee wellness schemes. Several key factors point to business travel as one of the primary focal point, such as;
- A report by Owl Labs found that 55% of remote workers would rather look for another job than stay in their current role if they were required to return to the workplace.
- Research by the TUC shows that employees spent an average of 59 minutes commuting each day prior to the pandemic, equating to 221 hours per year.
- Roughly 40% of air travelers are still worried about potentially contracting the disease, which naturally increases the threat of anxiety and related issues.
The fact of the matter is that many workers are apprehensive about travelling for work again. This, amongst other factors, has created a power shift that can be leveraged by workers to negotiate remote working (at least for some of their contracted hours) in a bid to achieve a better work-life balance. Scheduling software may become more popular in workplaces around the globe, due to the focus on having a work life balance and ensuring workers know when they are working and when they have free time.
Companies will have to listen to employee voices, not least because 57% of highly stressed workers are disengaged and, therefore, less productive. While some forms of business travel will be considered necessities, the definition of ‘essential travel’ now looks vastly different from the pre-pandemic era. And it cannot be ignored.