Businesses need to enhance their employee benefits in 2021, according to a post-pandemic workplace report released by the Worktech Academy.
Over three-quarters (78 per cent) of UK employees said they were more likely to be attracted to a company based on the quality of its remote working package, underlining the importance of the work-from-home experience.
The report, which was released with Nespresso Professional, also said though almost half (49 per cent) of UK businesses expect their employees to spend more time working from home post-Covid-19, there is still an important role for the office in working life.
More than a third (35 per cent) of UK employees want to return to the office if conditions – such as the purpose the office will be used for and its proximity to employees’ homes – are right, and 46 per cent of people who usually work from co-working spaces want to go back when possible.
The research shows that companies need to meet new expectations of a divided post-Covid-19 workforce – and flexibility will be key.
According to the report, businesses would benefit from offering employees the opportunity to work from home some of the time, as well as the choice to come into the office or a third space to work, connect and socialise on a regular basis.
Workplace experts highlighted the need to optimise the employee experience with more amenities including quality food and drink, as well as health and wellness initiatives, to meet shifting expectations.
The research shows that 53 per cent of employees expect employers to pay for new technology, and 80 per cent are interested in premium coffee solutions as part of a remote working package.
Jeremy Myerson, director at Worktech Academy, said the research paints "a clear picture of changing expectations in the workforce as a result of the pandemic. People clearly want a more social, amenity-centric office as part of a ‘blended’ workplace strategy in which remote working remains a key component. The future looks set to be about conviviality, care and connectivity at work”.
Linzi Cassels, principal and design director at architecture firm Perkins + Will, said: “Organisations will have to offer more than just working from home to appeal to their employees and future talent. They need to offer a new workplace experience which includes more amenities. Space needs to be dynamic and more representative of the value and ethics of the company."
Guillaume Chesneau, managing director of Nespresso UK & ROI, said the report "clearly demonstrates that although many employees have adapted to remote working and expect this to continue in the future, the office and culture remains an important part of a work lifestyle".