The Shifting Landscape of Leadership Priorities for Remote Work

Worldwide ERC®’s new research on remote work reveals how the new world of work is shifting priorities for HR leaders.

No longer just a buzzword, remote work now plays a leading role in where work is going, shaping policies and programs in organizations across the globe. Employees grown accustomed to the safety, convenience, and increased productivity in the remote environment have influenced how businesses will approach the post-COVID workforce. Worldwide ERC®’s remote work report that gathered perspectives from a global panel of 600 CHROs and senior human resources leaders revealed that remote work is here to stay and is already shaping leadership priorities.

The New Remote Work Landscape for HR Leaders

The report found that 100% of respondents implemented at least some form of remote work policy, with roughly half of them rolling out formal “work from anywhere” policies. And additional 80.9% of employers with more than 10,000 employees anticipate that 50% or more of their workforce will be working remotely on a permanent basis. Because of this, HR leaders are using their years of experience in handling and addressing complex issues related to attracting and engaging a talented workforce to address new needs for businesses and their employees.

Remote Work is Shaping Priorities for New HR Policies

This new challenge is shaping policies and priorities for leaders to successfully manage the new landscape of remote work. Consider these top priorities found in the report:

  • Offering a better work-life balance - Senior HR leaders are more focused than ever on mitigating the toll that the pandemic, and working remotely, can take on employees—especially those who share their workspace with remote-working partners and remote-learning children.
  • Increase employee attraction and retention - Senior HR leaders must strategize to offer a feasible remote work experience to potential candidates while also retaining and engaging current employees.
  • Create a more diverse and inclusive workforce Diversity, equity, inclusion (DE&I) are critical to delivering an exceptional employee experience, as well as one that uplifts employees to be their best selves in the workplace, wherever located.
  • Expand talent pools - An advantage of remote work is the ability to tap into an expanding and truly global talent pool to remain competitive in the talent market.
  • Reduce labor costs - In some cases, employers have focused on upskilling and reskilling their current workforce to reduce labor costs while investing in employees’ futures.
  • Reduce real estate costs - Down-sizing physical offices is one way to maintain a visible presence while saving on expenses. Such activity might also include relocating offices or combining regional operations.
  • Lower carbon emissions - Remote work is one way that organizations can reduce their carbon footprint due to the dramatic shift away from employee commutes.

Want to Learn More?

Remote work is sure to continue to shape policies and priorities for HR leaders, and with this comes new challenges and opportunities for business growth and an enhanced employee experience. To gain even more insight, check out Worldwide ERC®’s new research report, Remote Work: Transformation of the Global Workforce now!

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