More than half, or 57%, of workers in the UK are planning to extend holidays this year to work abroad, according to IWG, a flexible workspace operator.
The study of over 1,000 workers found that 88% of workers say they are planning to work from anywhere, UK or away, this year, as hybrid working opens new opportunities for employees, and companies are responding accordingly.
Meanwhile, 67% workers agree that they can perform their job effectively abroad and 71% say they would only consider a new job that gave them the flexibility to work from anywhere, at least some of the time.
Improved work-life balance (76%) was the most common benefit cited for working from anywhere. This was followed by being able to spend more time with friends and family abroad (52%), saving money by travelling off-peak (47%) and being able to enjoy longer holidays (30%).
Most, or 89%, of office workers polled say they are now more likely to work from anywhere than they were pre-pandemic, with 83% saying the adoption of hybrid working by businesses has made it more feasible to do so. At the same time, 76% say they’d be more inclined to work for a company offering frequent ‘flexible vacations’ as a perk, and 71% would only consider a new role which gave them the flexibility to work from anywhere at least some of the time.
IWG Founder and CEO Mark Dixon said, “This trend is set to accelerate further, and we will continue to see more and more companies embracing WFA (work from anywhere) policies to improve employees’ work-life balance and increase their attractiveness as an employer.”