A new survey from workplace technology firm Envoy has found that 48% of 1,000 respondents said they would prefer a combination of both at-home and in-office work arrangements after the pandemic.
Furthermore, 41% stated they would even take a lower salary if that meant they had the option for a hybrid work arrangement. Additionally, 47% said they would leave their job if their employer did not provide such an option.
In terms of the office itself, 37% of respondents said they would plan their schedules to come into the workplace depending on their coworkers, and that number was even more prevalent among office workers.
This indicates that professionals want the office to serve as a space for socialization, collaboration and teamwork. In fact, 23% of respondents said they would return to the office to see their friends.
While some executives believe that the office will have to evolve to implement individual offices and private spaces, others think that in-person collaboration is essential to innovation.
“We firmly believe that in-person, being together, having that sense of community, is super important for whenever you have to solve hard problems, you have to create something new,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google.