Thought leadership

A new nationwide study in this week’s newsletter looking at the general sentiment towards remote working has found that the vast majority of the workforce would prefer to continue being able to work from home at least some of the time following the alleviation of pandemic restrictions.

 The “COVID-19 Remote Working Survey” found that a third of respondents would prefer to continue working from home either every day or four days per week. Just under a third of respondents are at the other end of the spectrum and would like to work from home one day a week, or less than weekly. However, for over a third of people the dream scenario would be to opt for a half-way house and work from home for half the week. Only one in ten would want to work in the office full-time, suggesting that nine in ten of the general working population would like to have the option of working from home.

There are numerous reasons for this change in attitude, including the time wasted through commuting. Indeed, over half of respondents agreed that this was their main reason for favouring a greater remote working culture. Nevertheless, it appeared that the older the population, the more pertinent this was. Remarkably, the opportunity to dress down for work attained ranked higher than the ability to work more productively or the feeling of being less stressed at home. Infact, it also ranks higher than spending quality time with family.

Many of the issues and challenges thrown up by this research will be highlighted at our upcoming Internal Communications Digital Conference on September 18. Look forward to welcoming you to attend this online event which of course you can join from your home or the office.

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