The amount of days worked remotely is expected to double post-crisis, going from 1.2 days pre-pandemic to 2.4 days a week post-pandemic, according to research published this week by real estate advisor JLL.
During October, JLL analysed an online survey of 2,033 office workers across 10 countries spanning all major industries and found that “a rapid transition toward hybrid work” is taking place as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
It also found:
- 72 per cent of employees want to continue working from home post-crisis;
- The majority want to do so an average of two days a week;
- 75 per cent are expecting their employer to support their work at home; and
- One in three is asking for a dedicated allowance.
Some employees do not want to work remotely: 24 per cent of employees want to work exclusively in the office and 50 per cent prefer a hybrid approach — which means that nearly three-quarters want the ability to come into an office.
With Covid-19 "compounding workplace stressors, the workforce is emotionally pressured and is asking for more in return", says JLL.
As a result emotional engagement is at risk and employers need to do more to engage and care for workforces. The survey found that 53 per cent of those asked had a positive outlook on their current employer while 51 per cent expressed concerns about the future and are worried about losing their job.
The workplace of the future "will have to be more human than ever to support employees’ diverse, changing needs and workstyles", according to JLL.
Employers will have to "reimagine the dynamic between the physical and virtual workplace to meet employees’ demands", states JLL. The office is evolving into "a destination for collaboration, problem solving and career development".
In all these areas, the physical workplace can make a huge difference: 70 per cent of respondents are finding that the office environment is more conducive to connecting with teammates to solve complex issues as well as managing direct reports and connecting with leadership, and other employees indicate that work-from-home has proved to be "more efficient for concentration and taking mental breaks".