Two thirds of businesses set to increase borderless working over next 12 months

borderless workingA new poll from Perkbox suggests that a growing number of businesses are going to look to borderless working to resolve hiring challenges. According to the survey, almost two-thirds of businesses (62 percent) plan to increase the number of remote staff they hire outside of their main country of operations over the next 12 months. This drive is fuelled by technological advances over the past two years facilitating greater hybrid and remote working. There are a range of motivations, but the survey of 500 UK business leaders identified the top three as building a more diverse workforce to access a wider talent pool (35 percent), encouraging innovation (32 percent), and building a global workforce (29 percent) to service a wider customer base.

In addition, almost three quarters (73 percent) of those who have already adopted borderless working say they have updated how they manage their global staff in the last 24 months.  So far, businesses have prioritised introducing flexible hours (43 percent) and dedicated remote working policies (42 percent).

The poll also claims that many businesses are taking the first steps towards creating a unified culture. It suggests the following are the most successful ways of doing so:

  • Allowing staff to travel freely and continue working while abroad (32 percent)
  • All-company access to financial and wellbeing support (32 percent)
  • Creating a companywide forum for recognising the good work of colleagues in different locations (29 percent)