Nine out of ten employees in the UK want the option of working from home, a survey has confirmed.
The shift in working patterns has been triggered by covid-19 which forced over 5 million Britons to work remotely following lockdown procedures which started in March 2020.
Whilst working from home was often a second choice for many employees, lacking in engagement, excitement or legitimacy, the novelty has apparently worn off and people are now more accustomed to working from home – also known as remote working or teleworking.
This is according to a survey by OnePoll, which was undertaken by tech PR firm, Eskenzi PR, which analysed the results of a survey taken by over 1,000 participants.
The survey confirmed that at least 90% of the working population in the UK wanted to work from home at least one day per week, once covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
The survey found that a third of workers would like to continue working from home every day or four days a week. 35% said that an ideal scenario would be to work from home for half the week. Only 9% of people of those surveyed said that they would want to work in the office full-time.
The survey also examined the reasons why many would prefer to spend some of their time working from home. 54.19% said that their main motivation was to spend less time commuting, the second most popular response was to have a more relaxed working environment.
38.41% said that not having to dress up for work was a motivating factor, while 35.98% said that they could work more productively from home, with less distractions from office employees or drawn out meetings that could easily be handled over Zoom, Skype or Whereby.
Yvonne Eskenzi, founder and owner of Eskenzi PR explained: “This survey shows that for the first time ever, people have had a taste of working from home and they love it because they’re more relaxed, they don’t need to travel and can spend time with their family and pets.”
“Interestingly, 33% of respondents think the ideal working week would be better spent half at home and half in the office. We can only hope that this great remote working experiment has shown employers that their staff can be trusted to work just as productively from home; particularly as it also appears to have a positive impact on their well-being as well as the environment.
“This can also be good for companies’ productivity and profitably, as they’ll need less office space with fewer people there 100% of the time.”
Large tech companies CloudPro, Google and Facebook have extended their work from home for the rest of the year, with the expectation to return in the summer of 2021 or later.