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The research reveals that almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of leaders and managers are optimistic about the future of their organisations and only 1 per cent fear they will go out of business.

The results also found that 61 per cent of leaders and managers believe their organisations will continue to operate at the same size as pre-pandemic, and a further 12 per cent are confident their businesses will grow.

Kate Cooper, Head of Research, Policy and Standards at The Institute of Leadership & Management, said: “Higher levels of optimism about the future, particularly in the SME sector and among CEOs, are encouraging. Lockdown has, in many organisations, created new ‘can do’ cultures, with 92 per cent of workers believing their workplaces have adjusted well to the changes. This suggests that many leaders and managers have a new confidence not only in their own resilience but also in that of their teams.”

The survey found:

  • 61 per cent of leaders and managers think their businesses will survive, and 12 per cent predict future growth.
  • Homeworking is here to stay – only 1 in 3 (33 per cent) of leaders and managers think they’ll return to working in the location they worked pre-lockdown.
  • 3 in 5 (60 per cent) believe face-to-face meetings and business travel will reduce.
  • 20 per cent think they will move organisations after the pandemic.
  • 1 in 3 (33 per cent) think employers will reduce the use of formal office space.
  • Half think there will be a greater investment in homeworking.


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