A survey carried out by a leading tech PR agency has discovered that 9 out of 10 staff members would prefer to have the option of working remotely.
In the research carried out by Eskenzi PR, which covered over 1,000 full-time employees in the U.K., the sentiment was that employees enjoyed working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to continue doing so more in the future. Approximately 54 percent of participants said that they found commuting a “waste of time” and they benefited from greater levels of productivity at home.
“This survey shows that for the first time ever, people have had a taste of working from home and they love it because they’re more relaxed, they don’t need to travel and can spend time with their family and pets,” Yvonne Eskenzi, founder at Eskenzi PR, said.
One-third of participants said that they would prefer a mix of working at home and in the office, stating that this would be the ideal scenario.
A quarter of respondents said that they would like to work from home one day a week, and 35 percent said that they would prefer to work from home two to three days per week.
“We can only hope that this great remote working experiment has shown employers that their staff can be trusted to work just as productively from home; particularly as it also appears to have a positive impact on their wellbeing, as well as the environment. This can also be good for business productivity and profitably, as they’ll need less office space with fewer people there 100 percent of the time,” Eskenzi said.
Interestingly, those employees over the age of 55 had a slightly greater inclination to go into the office, with 14 percent wanting to return to office.
In the survey, Rory Woodbridge, senior product marketing manager at Whereby, said that there was always a big concern with employers and trust issues when having staff work outside the office. However, there were often exceptions for those who had small children or if someone was physically unable to access the office, he said.
“Today, tools like Whereby, Zoom and Slack allow the effective management of remote teams, so all the technology is at your disposal – and remote working is something that could become more normal than going into an office,” Woodbridge said.
“Originally, people used video conferencing when they were located across the country or in different parts of the world. But today, with most of the population working remotely, using video calls is part of everyday life and probably one of the reasons why people like working remotely.”