New research from MRI Software and CoreNet Global shows that the amount of companies offering remote working is falling as leaders dial back their flexible policies.
The survey showed the number of companies allowing all employees to work remotely fell from 39% in March to 26% in September. Even more, 70% of respondents said they planned to tighten their remote working eligibility requirements, an increase from 60% in March.
At the same time, landlords’ hesitancy over increased remote working has also grown, with 42% expressing concern about this work arrangement’s impact on their business compared to just 26% in March.
However, the survey also showed that 80% of commercial occupiers have actually increased their remote work capabilities and 69% said that their long-term space strategies have been forever altered by the pandemic.
Remote work will undoubtedly continue to play a role in how companies approach office use and their overall operational strategies.
“Everyone who works in an office—from the C-suite to junior staff—will need to adjust expectations about how work happens, adopt new behaviors and rethink the role of the office going forward,” said Gale Moutrey, Global Vice President of Brand Management and Workplace Innovation at Steelcase.