Plans to develop an online platform to find local workspaces

The way people work has changed significantly since the pandemic and the Welsh Government is keen to do everything in its power to help retain the positive benefits felt by many and encourage more businesses to take up this new approach to working.

In a strategy published today, the Welsh Government sets out its plans to work with businesses, unions and key stakeholders to help more employers adopt a more agile and flexible approach to their workplace, so that employees can choose how they work. , whether locally from a shared workspace, from your home, or a mix of the two.

Plans to develop an online platform that helps people find workspaces near them are being explored, along with best practice advice that can be shared with businesses to help them do so. not. And to help employees better understand their workforce and track trends for future development, data will be collected.

Many organisations, such as Wrexham-based communications company Moneypenny, Caerphilly-based Disability Wales and Blaenau Gwent Council to name a few, have already adopted a remote working approach that both employees and employers reap the benefits.

Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters, said:

“One of the lessons we’ve learned from the pandemic is that many people don’t want or need to be in a traditional work environment to do their jobs.

“Working remotely brings a host of benefits. In addition to helping people escape commuting and developing a better work-life balance, working locally also plays a vital role in regenerating our city centers by bringing people to the heart of the community to work and shop, while reducing traffic congestion and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

“But we cannot achieve our ambition alone, everyone has a role to play and we will continue to spread the message to lock in the positive changes we have already made and address the downsides to help more businesses transition to flexibility. work.”

Economy Minister Vaughan Gething said:

“The remote work strategy we are launching today sets out how we will work to encourage more flexibility and choice for workers, and greater agility for businesses and organizations across all economic sectors.

“As outlined in our business mission, the benefits of remote working for businesses and organizations that are able to adapt are clear: increased productivity and reduced sickness absence, more job opportunities for those based in rural and semi-rural communities, and access to a wider and more diverse workforce.In addition, our strategic vision for retail ahead will outline how the retail sector can leverage the people have more opportunities to work closer to home.

“We will not impose targets on employers or individuals. Rather, we aim to support employers and work with unions to show what best practice looks like. We believe these new ways of working must be introduced and maintained in line with the principles of fair work and social partnership to which the Welsh Government is fully committed.

Stephen V. Lee