The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a monumental shift in the way we work. Research by the Resolution Foundation in May found that 63% of all workers were working from home, compared to 2019, when, according to an ONS survey just 5% of the UK workforce said they worked mainly from home.
In this piece, we look at the realities of flexible working during lockdown and the experiences of different investment professionals on the buy-side. Pre-pandemic, many investment professionals believed the work from home policies were not fit for purpose. The global pandemic has moved working from home from a ‘nice to have’, to a necessity. It has forced the hand of employers to put into practice more flexible and agile working strategies. We ask how we can use learnings from lockdown to create stronger flexible working policies.