New research by YouGov shows that only one in five bosses will require all staff to come in five days a week.
The survey comes as many big firms have already set in place new schemes to allow employees to work more flexibly.
Two in five businesses will allow all (24 per cent) or most (18 per cent) employees to work from home with the last coronavirus restrictions lifting. This is a considerable increase compared with before the pandemic, when only one in four businesses (24 per cent) had this policy, including 17 per cent who allowed all staff to work remotely.
While fewer businesses say they will allow workers to work remotely than at the height of the pandemic (39 per cent allowed all, 20 per cent most), it does show a significant change. Before COVID-19, 30 per cent of businesses did not allow any employees to work remotely – a number that fell by half during the pandemic’s peak (14 per cent) – and will still be at the lower figure of one in five (19 per cent) in the aftermath.
Only one in five business decision makers (19 per cent) say their company plans to require all workers to come in five days a week – down from one in three (35 per cent) before COVID-19.
Meanwhile, many are only asking their employees to come in one (7 per cent), two (12 per cent), three (11 per cent) or four (6 per cent) days.
A fifth of businesses (19 per cent) plan to let their staff choose whether to come in at all once all restrictions end – up from 11 per cent before the coronavirus crisis.
Matt Smith, YouGov’s head of data journalism, says: "Hybrid working will become the norm for many."
In March, the government told Facilitate that a public consultation is set to be launched later this year on how the flexible approach to office life could be extended so that workers can maintain their current working patterns.
Several large businesses have already agreed to the changes.
Earlier in the summer, professional services firm PwC announced that it would allow greater flexibility for post-pandemic working to its 22,000 employees in the UK. The announcement, which the company is calling ‘the Deal’, will “help embed a hybrid working model and align with PwC’s net zero commitment”.
This year building society Nationwide said it is enabling its 13,000 office-based employees to do their jobs from anywhere in the UK in a new ‘work anywhere’ scheme.
Professional services firm Deloitte also recently announced the introduction of a new flexible working policy to its staff. It stipulates that they can work from home indefinitely once the pandemic is over.
Google has reportedly announced that it expects its US employees to live within commuting distance of their offices and work at least three days a week from them when the company's current policy of exclusively remote working ends on 1st September.