Welsh Government publishes strategy to support positive changes to remote working
The Welsh Government has released a strategy to support new ways of working, which have emerged since the pandemic, to ‘lock in’ positive change.
The way people work has changed significantly since the pandemic and in response the Welsh Government released a strategy this week to help employers adopt a more flexible and agile approach to workplaces.
It plans to work with businesses, unions and key stakeholders so that, where possible, employees can choose how they work, whether locally from a shared workspace, from home or a mix. both.
He says plans include exploring and developing an online platform that will help people find local workspaces, as well as advice on best practices that can be shared with businesses to help them. to take the step.
Outlining the vision to achieve a target of 30% of the workforce working from home, Deputy Minister for Climate Change Lee Waters acknowledged that some work does not need to be done from of a specific location, but that flexible working for the employee can lead to greater productivity, a better work-life balance as well as benefits for the environment and the local economy.
A telework policy introduced in September 2020, enabled a workplace model where staff can choose to work in the office, from home or in a hub.
Mr Waters gave the example of a current hub user who previously worked five days a week in Cardiff. Now they work in a local coworking space in Swansea for part of the week. Within a year, they recovered about 20 days of time when they would have been commuting.
Reap the benefits
The Welsh Government says organizations such as the Wrexham-based communications company Moneypennybased in Caerphilly Disability Wales and Council of Blaenau Gwent have already embraced a remote working approach with both employees and employers reaping the benefits.
Mr Waters said: “One of the lessons we have learned from the pandemic is that many people do not want or need to be in a traditional working environment to do their job.
“Working remotely brings a host of benefits. In addition to helping people escape commuting and developing a better work-life balance, working locally also plays a vital role in regenerating our city centers by bringing people to the heart of the community to work and shop, while reducing traffic congestion and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
“But we cannot achieve our ambition alone, everyone has a role to play and we will continue to spread the message to lock in the positive changes we have already made and address the downsides to help more businesses transition to flexibility. working.”
Economy Minister Vaughan Gething said: “The remote working strategy we are launching today sets out how we will work to encourage more flexibility and choice for workers, and greater agility for companies and organizations in all economic sectors.
“As outlined in our business mission, the benefits of remote working for businesses and organizations that are able to adapt are clear: increased productivity and reduced sickness absence, more job opportunities for those based in rural and semi-rural communities, and access to a wider and more diverse workforce.
“In addition, our next retail strategic vision will outline how the retail sector can take advantage of people having more opportunities to work closer to home.
“We will not impose targets on employers or individuals. Rather, we aim to support employers and work with unions to show what best practice looks like.
“We believe these new ways of working should be introduced and maintained in line with the principles of fair work and social partnership to which the Welsh Government is fully committed.”
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