Dramatic Post-Pandemic Shift in UK Workplace Preferences
A new survey of 500 UK employees suggests a halving of the numbers of staff working full time in offices following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The survey results also reveal only 24 per cent of employees who were asked to express their preference would chose to return to working full time in an office.
Conducted by workforce management specialists, Bodet Ltd, the survey was designed to identify key preferences of office-based employees and the impact of where they work on employee engagement and productivity in the post-pandemic era.
The majority of the survey sample (45 per cent of respondents) indicated they favour hybrid working, with their time split between the home and the office, although almost a third (31 per cent) expressed a preference for working permanently at home.
Respondents were additionally asked to indicate their current level of job satisfaction, with almost three quarters (74 per cent) indicating they are satisfied with their job.
Factors influencing job satisfaction broadly reflected respondents' opinions about what makes workplaces desirable. Whilst most employees were reasonably happy with their salary, it was noticeable that wellness initiatives came out very poorly - suggesting jobs are not regarded as being linked to an employee's health, even following the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The prevalence of hybrid and home working triggered by the pandemic has increased awareness of such practices in the workforce as a practical option for employees, and should stimulate employers who seek to attract and retain skilled employees to offer a more tailored experience of work.
Full results from the survey can be found here.