The idea of returning to the office has been a source of stress and anxiety for many employees. In fact, a survey from career platform company LiveCareer revealed that 29% of employees would rather quit their job if they didn’t have the option to work remotely.
This means that companies need to strategize the best plan possible to ensure that workers can come into a totally safe workspace, as well as accommodate those who don’t feel comfortable doing so.
The survey also found that 62% of the 1,000 respondents said they would prefer job opportunities from employers that offered remote working policies.
“People moved further away from their office to live more comfortably,” said Kyum Kim, co-founder of anonymous network Blind. “They expect their employers to be flexible to their present-day life, or will transition to a company that is.”
While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to workplace strategies, the overall theme continues to be the idea of flexibility.
Offering employees a choice and say in their work environment can allow them to enjoy the benefits of working from home, while also providing them the option to come into an office some days of the week.
Ths doesn’t mean returning to the office we once knew. Businesses will need to completely reevaluate their real estate strategies in order to prioritize safety and health.
This means incorporating health screenings, temperature checks, air filtration systems, UV lights for routine sanitizing, touchless technology, distanced desks, private offices and more.