More than nine of 10 workers don't want to return to office full-time

More than nine out of 10 workers do NOT want to return to the office full-time after Covid restrictions ease, survey shows

  • Data was taken from 4,373 people interviewed between October 22 and 25 
  • The survey found that 49 per cent of men were willing to go back to the office
  • In comparison, just 44 per cent of women were keen to go back in full-time 

Only seven per cent of Britons want to return to the office full-time after coronavirus restrictions are lifted, a survey has found. 

The YouGov poll also found that half of those surveyed would choose to work from home every day (18 per cent) or most days (32 per cent). 

The rest would be happy working from home some of the time. 

The survey also found that 49 per cent of men were willing to go back to the office to some degree, compared to just 44 per cent of women.  

Interestingly, the group most keen to go back to the office were those with three or more children, at 11 per cent.  

The survey found that 49 per cent of men were willing to go back to the office to some degree (stock photo)

Just 13 per cent of respondents to the survey, commissioned by Locatee, a workplace analytics group, admitted that they could manage and train teams as effectively as in the office. 

Almost half of the 4,373 people interviewed between October 22 and 25 felt that being based at home affected the standard of their work. 

Only 57 per cent thought the quality of their work was at least as good as when they were in an office.  

But only 26 per cent believe their creativity and ability to brainstorm were unaffected. 

When asked for the key reasons for wanting to work from home, 72 per cent said ‘comfort’ and 50 per cent said that they felt more productive

The YouGov survey found that a cash incentive of £10 or less a day would be enough to persuade 31 per cent to return.

Thomas Kessler, of Locatee, told the Times: ‘The research shows us there’s a clear appetite for UK office workers to retain the option of remote working.’

When asked for the key reasons for wanting to work from home, 72 per cent said ‘comfort’ and 50 per cent said that they felt more productive. 

Fear of contracting coronavirus in the office remains a concern, cited by 32 per cent.

Half said that they spent too much time commuting and another  quarter said that they enjoyed time away from colleagues.

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