Four out of five CEOs expect COVID-19 to entrench remote working

Seventy-eight percent of CEOs surveyed believe that at least some aspects of remote work will endure, a study found.

New York, London and some other large cities currently have only a fraction of their normal workforce in offices as employers and governments have told staff to work from home where possible [File: Brian Snyder/Reuters]
New York, London and some other large cities currently have only a fraction of their normal workforce in offices as employers and governments have told staff to work from home where possible [File: Brian Snyder/Reuters]

Almost four out of five chief executives expect remote working to become more widespread in their businesses as a result of COVID-19, a global survey from accountancy firm PwC showed on Tuesday.

New York, London and some other big cities currently have only a fraction of their normal workforce in offices as employers and governments have told staff to work from home where possible.

While some authorities are now encouraging a return to work, PwC said 78 percent of the chief executives it surveyed expected that at least some of the shift towards remote collaboration would prove enduring.

“A blend of office and home working is most likely to be the future norm,” PwC UK’s chairman Kevin Ellis said.

Two-thirds of chief executives expected a global economic downturn as a result of COVID-19, and more than three-quarters expected a further shift towards automation.

PwC’s survey was based on responses from a panel of 3,500 of its clients globally conducted between June 15 and July 3. PwC’s network of firms operates across 157 countries.

Source : Reuters

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