Organizations are encouraging employees to return to the office, and while some employees may be eager to come back, things will never look the same.
While in-person work arrangements make it easier to foster collaboration and socialization, the flexibility that remote working offers also has its own benefits, such as less commute times, better work-life balance and even enhanced productivity.
According to a YouGov survey of the UK workforce, 40% of respondents said they would prefer flextime or part-time arrangements, but only 20% actually had these options available to them.
So while returning to the workplace is an inevitable part of the future, it is clear that employees do not want to come back full-time. This is especially evident among working parents who are trying to juggle childcare with their professionals responsibilities, and those who are caring for elderly relatives.
Knowing this, some employers are attempting to provide more work arrangements to help recruit and retain their staff. For instance, PwC’s UK division revealed that employees would have a say in their start and finish times, where it expects workers to “spend an average of 40-60% of their time co-located with colleagues, either in our office or at client sites.”
Instilling this trust into workers without providing certain employees more privileges helps improve job satisfaction, as well as employee morale.