Full-time office work seems to be coming back in the U.K. with approximately 43% of employees reported to be working entirely from the office between August and September. This is according to a survey published by global recruitment agency Hays Plc.
The data marks a notable increase from 36% recorded during the same period in 2022, according to Fortune. Despite this upward trend, there remains a strong inclination towards hybrid work arrangements — with nearly half of the respondents in Hays’ survey prioritizing flexibility in their job search.
In the next 12 months, a quarter of the bosses surveyed want more of their staff back in the offices, according to Fortune. The conflicting data reveals the ongoing tug-of-war between employers mandating a return to the office and employees desiring greater flexibility.
Despite the higher numbers recorded for the U.K.’s in-office work, the desire for a shorter workweek has also gained traction — with 45% of employees expressing interest in a four-day workweek without a reduction in pay.
As organizations worldwide grapple with these changes, the U.K.’s evolving workforce serves as a valuable case study in navigating the complexities of the modern workforce. Some employers might be encouraged to adopt flexible policies in order to promote attraction and retention, while others will continue pursuing in-office work with the goal of boosting collaboration efforts and company culture.