Are UK employees homeworking or homeshirking? That appears to be the debate played out in the media in recent weeks. The productivity levels of UK workers forced to work from home, has been called into question as a result of ongoing government advice and COVID-19 restrictions. With the transition to homeworking happening seemingly overnight for many back in March, employers are perhaps rightly concerned about how ongoing homeworking will affect worker productivity, particularly in the long-term.
CIPD research revealed two-thirds of employers report home workers as more or equally productive as when in the workplace. While fears about falling productivity have not been realised, can we expect to maintain current productivity levels?
For employers that have perceived a reduction in productivity amongst their workforce, the most common cited issues revolve around a lack of motivation and engagement, difficulties in ensuring staff co-operation and a lack of ability to monitor staff performance. So, to what extent could or should employers measure and monitor the productivity of homeworkers? How can we ensure productivity and keep staff motivated and engaged? And finally, how can we collaborate most effectively working from home?
Our panel of experts include:
• Hayfa Mohdzaini, Senior Research Advisor - Data, Tech and AI, CIPD
• Tim Ringo, Author and Non-Executive Director of Optunli
• Professor Alan Felstead, Research Professor, Cardiff University
Katie Jacobs, CIPD senior stakeholder lead, will chair the session and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.
You can submit questions in advance using Communications@cipd.co.uk
Please note: If you’re unable to join, a recording will be available on our website shortly afterwards at cipd.co.uk/news-views/coronavirus/webinars.