Workplace flexibility is key to the future of work.

by Conor Lavelle
June 8, 2022
Survey shows Workplace flexibility is key to the future of work.

Offices around the world continue to open for business, and while many companies expect employees will eventually return full time, new research suggests this isn’t likely to happen due to the need for workplace flexibility. According to a global survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Citrix Systems, employees are divided on how they want to work going forward. But one thing is clear: the majority enjoy the flexibility they’ve been given to work from anywhere and are willing to leave jobs to keep it. Of 6,500 workers polled in ten countries, 57 percent prefer hybrid work, and 69 percent will ditch their current positions if it isn’t an option.

Employees have seen the positive impact flexible work can have on everything from engagement and productivity to work-life balance, mental health, and the environment, “And they are looking to employers to embrace it and invest in tools and processes that empower them to work when, where, and how they work best.

The flexible work model is in full effect and is now essential for employers to adapt the work practices and solutions. Of those employees surveyed in Europe, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, United States and Japan:

  • 1% work or plan to work in the office between one and four days per week 
  • 56% are or plan to be in the office full-time  
  • 49% work from shared and communal workspaces between one and four days per week 
  • 49% are fully remote and plan to be permanently

Every employee is different, and companies need to recognise and accommodate their unique wants and needs if they hope to attract and keep staff, they need to support their business.

Many respondents to the survey want to work from home at least part of the time for the following reasons: 

  • Better work-life balance (42%) 
  • Save time and costs associated with commuting (35%) 
  • Fewer distractions (20%) 
  • More productive (20%) 
  • Colleagues/manager are not in the office (19%) 
  • Do not have a dedicated space in the office (7%)

Others showed they would like to head to the office at least once a week for the following reasons: 

  • Feel more productive and engaged (36%)
  • Colleagues/manager are there (36%)
  • Better access to information (33%)
  • Provides a separation between work and home life (29%)
  • Access to better technology (28%)
  • Less distractions (25%) 
  • Greater collaboration (24%) 
  • Better opportunities to develop/advance career (16%)  
  • Technology needed to help hybrid work is too complicated – dialing in remote workers, sharing presentations and files, etc. (14%) 
  • No dedicated workspace at home (13%) 

In addition to where they work, employees who took part in the survey also want flexibility when they work:

  • 30% want the freedom to choose how often they work in the office as opposed to the company mandating a set number of days 
  • 76% would work a four-day week if they could keep their salaries  

And if the survey is any sign, companies will need to do it if they hope to attract and keep the talent, they need to move their business forward. As the numbers reveal:

  • 17% of employees polled view flexibility as more important than salary 
  • 69% would consider leaving their job if it isn’t offered  

The survey shows that not all employees value the same things equally nor want to work in the same way. How a person prefers to work may be influenced by their facilities at home, by their personal circumstances, or by their lifestyle preferences . These influencing factors may change for each person as they go through life. The key takeaway is that organisations will need to offer their employees a flexible hybrid workstyle that allows people to work in a way that suits them best at any stage in their life. 

In conclusion, workplace and employee flexibility is a necessity for every organisations, making sure your organisation has at the right solution is essential. Enterprise Solutions can deliver digital workplace solutions that can help your organisation improve employee experience with hybrid working packages, such as My Virtual Workspace

Enterprise Solutions partners with industry leaders such as Citrix and Microsoft to give organisations comfort that security and user experience is uncompromised.


References:

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