The UK is lagging behind other West European countries regarding providing flexible and remote working options, according to a new report from market researchers IDC.

Working together with talent management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand, the study polled 1,352 HR professionals and business managers across 16 European countries to gain insight into their views on remote working adoption in the UK.

According to the results of the study, the UK is alongside Poland, Germany, and Switzerland in lagging behind other countries when it comes to remote working. In fact, less than 50 per cent of workers are allowed to work from home in Poland, while in Nordic countries the number is around 87 per cent.

Vincent Belliveau, executive vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for Cornerstone OnDemand, commented on the results of the study, suggesting that better alignment between HR and line managers would be necessary to help HR fully redefine its role as a "strategic partner" and enable flexible working options.

"HR must adapt to navigate this fast-changing environment – with flexible working on the rise – while managing pressure from employees who have different expectations of their employer,” he added.

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