While the world has moved on from the Covid-19 pandemic, the global workplace has yet to fully resume its pre-pandemic status – especially in office properties.
A new survey by Unispace of 9,500 employees and 6,650 employers from 17 countries found that only half of the global workforce are in the office four or more days per week. While today’s employees are less reluctant to return to the office (51%) than they were in 2021 (64%), many employers are not eager for a hybrid arrangement – 72% of companies globally that said they have mandated office returns. However, 42% also reported a higher level of employee attrition than anticipated and 29% are struggling to recruit altogether.
“Employee work habits continue to evolve as we all adapt in today’s rapidly changing work environment,” said Steve Quick, Unispace Global CEO. “Employers who take the time to understand what their employees need and value most from their office will be more successful in redefining the power and purpose of that workspace. This will drive strength of culture, brand, employee loyalty and wellbeing, and talent retention.”
The reason workers don’t stick around anymore is they worked nearly 3 years without quality loss or productivity. They saved money from gas, less stress in traffic, and quickly realized there was no reason to be in office. Less prep time too (shower, pack a lunch) and even being there for children—have all cut costs. Going back in office would be a huge financial burden now, as costs have gone up faster than a salary has. CEO’s need to get with the modern era as WFH is here to stay—or their staff WON’T. They can decide, do they want a work force or do they want to do the work themselves sitting in an office that costs them unnecessary overhead of lease/utilities, and limit recruitment to only those within driving distance of an office? Any boss who can see that is just —well, an idiot.
Agree, if there is no loss in productivity; and companies maintain healthy profits, there is no justification for showing up at the office. Instead, companies should reduce office space overheads and redistribute the savings to improving salaries. Companies could also make an impact on mitigating climate change with reduced carbon footprint, also employee healthcare costs with less stress induced commute.