New data from the Office for National Statistics indicates that most employees expect to continue mostly working from home and sometimes from their usual place of work as the workforce returns to the office.
Of those surveyed, 42 per cent said they expected to return to their usual place of work in two months, with 16 per cent saying this would be the case from three to five months.
When asked which measures they would require when they return to work, 75 per cent said “well ventilated spaces, for example open windows” and 71 per cent said social distancing – with 50 per cent saying they would feel safer if there was a “vaccine requirement” and 44 per cent asking for regular testing to make workplaces feel safer.
Andrew Mawson, managing director of management consultancy Advanced Workplace Associates, said: “The ONS data shows that more than seven out of 10 people who worked in offices everyday pre-pandemic, want to work either all or some of their time from home post-pandemic. These results are consistent with the results from our own research with clients which show an overwhelming desire from employees for hybrid working to become the norm.
"Employers really don’t have a choice other than to embrace hybrid working if they are going to be able to retain the loyalty and enthusiasm of the workers they need to make their organisations a success. This will mean that employers will have to significantly upgrade their management skills, adapt their processes, culture, practices and infrastructure to embrace the flexible work practices their employees are now demanding. Those who do not adapt to the new hybrid working reality will suffer in the future.”