A new JLL survey of over 3,000 employees of multinational companies worldwide has revealed that 71% have worked from home throughout the pandemic. The research also found that 58% missed the office and 44% missed socializing with their coworkers.
According to Marie Puybaraud, Global Head of Corporate Solutions Research for JLL, such the shift to a more remote workplace has been anticipated for at least a decade now, but the pandemic has accelerated this trend faster than expected.
The survey also found that respondents were more productive at home. The views about the advantages of working from home varied depending on where the worker was from. For instance, in the Americas employees enjoyed not having daily commutes, in EMEA they liked having outdoor space and in Asia, they valued having a better work-life balance.
Still, offices will continue to play an essential role in how a company operates according to JLL, but not without necessary transformations.
First, companies should look into adopting a hybrid model that includes the ability to work at home, in a coworking space and in the office.
Additionally, making the employee experience a top priority when returning to the workplace will be essential. Having a broader purpose that puts the needs of workers first can help nurture a healthy company culture, while keeping workers engaged and satisfied.
Accepting that remote working is not going anywhere will also be vital for companies moving forward. Business leaders and employees alike now know the advantages of these work arrangements, and it is valuable to maintain it in some way to reap those benefits.