From Office to Social Hub
More than a third of office workers in the United States and the United Kingdom compare the prospect of a return to the workplace with going out to meet friends according to a new OnePoll survey of 1,500 employees.
Commissioned by hybrid work specialist Chargifi in April, the survey also found over a quarter (28 per cent) of respondents believe they are now prepared to spend more money and commute for longer to reunite with colleagues; with many additionally anticipating easier collaboration (60 per cent) and better productivity (52 per cent) once they arrive at their office.
These findings support the conclusions of a ‘Work Smarter to Live Better’ study published by Microsoft and CIPD (The professional body for HR and people development) in February, which suggested hybrid home and office working schedules are expected to become the widespread norm. Additionally, over half (54 per cent) of participants in the OnePoll survey indicated they expect to visit the office between two and three days a week, with almost four-in-10 (38 per cent) also expecting to choose when they come to the office and when they leave.
However, the survey results also revealed that many workers are nervous about workspace logistics, post-lockdown. A third expect the chance to book a particular desk before going to the office, and feel there will be more competition for the best seats and locations.
Meanwhile, a quarter worry about being able to find the right kind of working or collaborative spaces. Over a third (34 per cent) expect their employers to make more collaborative zones available (34 per cent), whilst almost four in 10 want extra quiet working areas (37 per cent).
Dan Bladen, Co-Founder and CEO of Chargifi, comments: “Many people are understandably excited about the return to the office, with over half stating that chance encounters and conversations with colleagues are amongst the best things about the office experience.
“However, our study also exposes concerns around what they might find when they actually arrive. People are anxious about whether the environment will be optimized for their needs. Also, many employees now expect the ability to control where they sit when they return to the office more regularly.”
“We’ve all become more intentional about when and where we choose to work. Organizations who can provide certainty and control for staff as they transition to hybrid working patterns will reap productivity and wellbeing rewards. Despite this, over half of survey respondents said their employer is yet to provide guidance or support on managing these adjustments.
“Regardless of whether teams are synchronous or asynchronous in nature, when it’s time to collaborate Chargifi Wx removes the friction around work coordination – allowing employees to focus their talents more productively.”