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23 June 2022

New ways of working are becoming the norm, and more than half of Scots (54%) are now working in home and hybrid roles.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s third annual Working Lives Scotland report revealed that more than three quarters of Scots (76%) who work flexibly say that it has had a positive impact on their quality of life.

Those working flexibly are also more likely to be satisfied with their job, report better relationships with their managers and higher levels of job autonomy.

CIPD commissioned YouGov to survey 6,262 workers – including 1,035 in Scotland – between January and March.

The report shows that many of those who worked full-time from home during the pandemic have now switched to hybrid working, with 15% of employees in Scotland working fully from home and 39% working in a hybrid pattern – with the majority of these workers working from home for 50% or more of their time.

However, 31% of Scots work in roles that cannot be done from home – for example those in lower-paid roles in caring, leisure and other services – and a further 14% say that they do not want to work from home at all.

The CIPD is warning that organisations need to consider offering a variety of forms of flexible working, to make sure that they can retain employees in a challenging labour market, and to ensure fairness by enabling everyone to reap the benefits that flexible working affords.

The report also highlights some of the downsides to flexible working.

Scotland’s hybrid workers are struggling the most with work-life balance, with commuting time having a significant impact. Furthermore, the report finds that 61% of employees report some levels of overwork, and 14% say they work 15 more hours a week than they would like to.

Other key findings from the report include:…..

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