Employees can expect to see a more mixed working style as a result of the pandemic, with time spent in the office balanced with working from home.
This is according to new research from the British Council for Offices (BCO), revealing that 46 per cent of office workers plan to split their time between home and the workplace, while 30 per cent will be moving back to a five day a week return to the office over the next six months. Just 15 per cent of those asked said they intend to work only from home.
The survey also revealed the importance of going back to an office environment for career development, with 71 per cent of respondents saying that it’s essential for developing networks and learning. Some 65 per cent also said their career has been helped by the relationships they’ve made in the office.
Chief executive of the BCO Richard Kauntze said: “Our way of working is changing, and a new, mixed working approach is becoming popular. This does not mean the end of the office. The office is valuable for career development, which relies on forming networks and the informal lessons that come from watching senior colleagues operate.
“This is particularly true for young people, who would suffer if working from home ever became totally predominant. The coming months and years are an opportunity to reimagine the office and its purpose. It is time for Britain to return to the office, but doing so doesn’t mean a return to how we used to work. Let’s embrace the change.”
Ministers have suggested that it may soon become compulsory for face masks to be worn by employees in the office to help slow the spread of coronavirus, after they were made mandatory for workers in the hospitality industry in September.
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