82% of Companies Plan to Keep Remote Work

According to a June Gartner survey of company leaders in HR, Legal and Compliance, Finance and Real Estate, 82% of respondents intend to permit remote working as employees return to the workplace after the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a huge experiment in widespread remote working,” said Elisabeth Joyce, vice
president of advisory in the Gartner HR practice. “As business leaders plan and execute reopening of their workplaces, they are evaluating more permanent remote working arrangements as a way to meet employee expectations and to build more resilient business operations.”

Survey highlights:

  • Nearly half (47%) said they intend to allow employees to work remotely full time going forward

  • 43% reported they will grant employees flex days, while 42% will provide flex hours

  • 94% plan to limit face-to-face meetings and 91% plan to provide protective equipment such as masks or hand sanitizer

  • 83% said they intend to limit or sequence employee attendance at the workplace

  • Only 13% of business leaders voiced concerns over sustaining productivity

  • 61% have implemented more frequent manager-employee check-ins; 29% report not taking any measures to track productivity remotely

  • 30% of business leaders are most concerned with maintaining corporate culture

“It is critical that employers get their corporate culture and employee experience right during this period of uncertainty,” said Brian Kropp, chief of research for the Gartner HR practice..“Both facets help ensure organizations achieve the financial, reputation and
talent outcomes that will drive business outcomes and competitive advantage.