Almost two-fifths of Irish employees have not received clarity on post-Covid working conditions

Almost two-fifths of employees in Ireland say they are awaiting news from their employers on future working practices as the country reopens.

aoiseach Leo Varadkar said workers could return to the office in August before students return to school in September.

Despite this, a Independent Irish The survey found that employers are sticking to plans for thousands of workers to return to the office in September.

In a survey of 3,077 employees by, 38% of those surveyed said they had not yet been told when they would return to the office, if they continued to work from home, or if a hybrid model would be in place.

However, 42% of employers said they have informed workers of work practices that will be implemented after Covid pending government guidance.

Employers’ lack of clarity on working conditions has a negative impact on 45% of those surveyed, as it affects their personal lives, for example where to rent or buy and where to send their children to school.

Of those 45%, 5% said the lack of clarity compromises their ability to get mortgage approval.

Of the 38pc who said they did not receive information on working conditions after Covid, 25pc said it was due to poor internal communication, 20pc said their employers were waiting to see what other companies in their sector while 15 pc said they consult with workers before making a decision.

the Independent Irish survey, which included private sector companies Aviva, Intel, Facebook, Flutter and Google, found that the majority will offer hybrid work with the most common blended option being two days away and three days in the office.

Commenting on the survey, website general manager Orla Moran said employers should offer clarification to their workers.

“As restrictions start to ease, many employers now have a decision to make about what they want their post-Covid workplace to look like,” she said.

“The basis of this question is whether they intend to continue facilitating remote or hybrid working or whether they intend to bring everyone back to the office.

“For employers looking to attract and retain talent in the coming months, clear, consistent and proactive internal communication should be at the center of their Covid response strategies and their broader corporate culture.”

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