Some 44% of property industry leaders quizzed by software giant the TM Group said they had implemented flexible working hours as a direct result of the pandemic.
The Swindon-based company, which operates the MIO sales progression platform, is part-way through a survey of the sector to find out how far ‘wellbeing’ initiatives have been taken up during and since the pandemic struck.
And it says the uptake in flexible working hours has also been a consequence of the huge pressures brought about on many players within the housing market by the stamp duty holiday.
“It’s nice to see that property professionals across the breadth of the industry are adopting people-centric measures to support their teams through these challenging times,” says TMG Group CEO Joe Pepper (pictured).
“In a world where operating with reduced staff in the midst of the Stamp Duty Holiday rush has led to increased working hours and high levels of stress, property professionals need this more than ever – especially with the Christmas rush already building up and keeping everyone busy”.
TM Group says its The New Normal report will be a follow-up to its previous research work during the pandemic, which found that many people working within the property industry were struggling with the delays, unrealistic client expectations and heavy workloads they experienced during the pandemic.
Achieving is a work/life balance via flexible working and/or working from home is riding high as a topic within the industry – as we reported last week, a poll by website Glassdoor found that two-thirds of UK workers say the pandemic has driven them to seek a better balance between work and life.
It also found that 70% think the ‘modern definition of work-life balance is the ability to switch between work and personal activities throughout the day’.