A survey by the BBC of 50 businesses across the UK has revealed that almost half currently have no plans to return their staff to the office.
However, 20 have opened their offices for staff who are unable to work from home.
One of the biggest obstacles in getting staff back to the office is physical distancing, with many large firms saying they could not see a way of accommodating large numbers of staff during COVID-19.
Many companies are offering flexibility to those who want to return, particularly in the banking and finance sectors.
Out of 50 firms, the BBC survey revealed:
- 24 companies have no plans to return staff to the office yet
- 20 firms have gradual plans to reopen office space
- 3 firms have already brought staff back, with no plans for more
- 20 have opened offices or staff who can’t work from home