As offices prepare to reopen, business leaders in the region are making, or planning to make, significant changes to the working environment in a bid to recover from the effects of the global pandemic.
More than a third of Midlands businesses (35%) plan to create permanent remote roles, as companies make a major shift towards new ways of working.
According to the latest BDO ‘Rethinking the Economy’ survey of 500 mid-sized businesses, 20% of Midlands companies intend to adapt their office space, with more than half (55%) looking to introduce agile or hybrid working on a permanent basis.
A third admitted that they expect the majority of staff to work from home for at least two days a week once offices reopen. As such, one of the main priorities for mid-sized businesses is to invest in technology to support more employees working remotely.
Tim Foster, partner at BDO in the Midlands, said: “It’s clear that agile, or hybrid working will take precedence in the regional workplace over the coming months, as companies continue to respond and react to the valuable lessons of 2020.
“This is particularly pronounced in traditional Midlands sectors, such as manufacturing, where there is a real step
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