As we move through 2021 after the turmoil of doing business in a region where 2020 was one of seemingly perpetual lockdown, there is a growing realisation that while vaccinations may pave the way out of lockdown, things post COVID-19 might never go back to “normal”.
As many businesses have simply been trying to survive over the last year, the agility required to do so may have changed the workplace forever. Many believe that the workplace will remain much more flexible, both in terms of location and working hours driven both by the efficiency it can bring to organisations and by employee needs and preferences. At the same time, employee mental health and wellness has never been greater, as has the employer’s duty of care.
The changes to the way we work in a post COVID world will inevitably present challenges for employers in Lancashire, but they could also present an opportunity. By offering flexible and remote working, it may be easier to attract and retain employees who would have previously opted to work in the larger cities outside of the county.
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