No rush for office return

Poll shows over half of large employers plan to keep staff working remotely for the next months.

woman working from home at night


A survey of 94 of Britain’s biggest employers shows that 52% plan to keep all staff working remotely for the next few months, 19% plan to bring staff back to the office only on a part-time basis and 19% plan to bring staff back full time.

The poll from the Chartered Governance Institute and governance recruitment specialist The Core Partnership also found that 90% of those who replied felt that their employer has effectively communicated with them about a potential return to the workplace throughout the lockdown period.

Over half feel extensively that their employer has taken the right precautions to ensure a safe return to the office.

Working remotely for the time being

Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director at The Chartered Governance Institute said: “It is clear from the responses that many respondents will continue to work remotely for the time being, but envisage having more flexibility about where to work when they do return to the office.

“A poll that we ran last month found that just over a third of people (36%) did not wish to return to the workplace, the same percentage of respondents who did. Many see the benefits to remote working, such as a reduced commute time and more time to spend with family, and one respondent felt so strongly about the advantages of home working that they said they would look for another job if denied the opportunity to do so.

“However, not all respondents are wedded to the idea of home working. One respondent to this latest poll mentioned that there are adverse consequences, including difficulties in collaborating, lack of social/informal networking, as well as difficulties in training/development including observing behaviour/shadowing. There are also many other factors that organisations need to consider when looking at this issue, such as mental wellbeing and physical discomfort if people are working from home in conditions that are less ideal than they might be in the office.”

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