Research

Worker Preferences Barometer

How have employee attitudes towards remote work and workplace expectations changed during the pandemic?­

July 07, 2021

Employees want more balance in their working patterns, with the office re-emerging as the primary place of work post-pandemic, as home-working fatigue grows and productivity levels decline.

The latest readings from our global office worker barometer indicates that half of the week (2.6 days) is still worked remotely. This forced adoption of remote working has created many opportunities, but it is also exposing new social risks. 41% of the workforce are craving ‘real’ human interactions with colleagues.

A year after the start of Covid-19, our objective was to understand how employees are feeling today about this new way of working. According to the survey, 21% of the workforce does not want to work from home in the future, as opposed to 16% in October last year. On the other hand, 91% of the workforce want to choose their schedules with growing flexibility in the recent months.

Working in an environment that puts health and well-being at the forefront is more important than ever. The need to connect is also gaining in importance, while more traditional levers such as ‘purpose in the job’ and ‘visibility’ are not the top priorities they used to be. ‘Work-life balance’ is the new employee motto, designated as the number 1 priority of the workforce today, ahead of a comfortable salary.

The office of the future will have to be human-centric, putting health and well-being of employees at the forefront. As we are emerging from the effects of the pandemic, it has become essential to create a human-centric framework with innovative technologies that caters to the evolving needs of employees.

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