The IT industry has long been considered a leader in terms of remote work. However, as the “Back to office” study showed, before the pandemic, employees did not use this option very often. A maximum of two times a week, slightly more than 30% of employees visited the office, and 45% used the home office occasionally, only when necessary.
The study showed that the outbreak has significantly changed the way employees want to perform their duties in the future. Nearly 60% of respondents after a pandemic experience want to appear in the office up to twice a week. Currently, a quarter of employees want to switch to the fully remote model, and an additional 33% of respondents from the home office want to use it three or four times a week. For comparison, only 10% of respondents declared working from the office every day.
– It’s been two months since almost all our employees switched to the remote work model. Although we are still far from returning to normal work, we regularly monitor the pandemic situation and decided to check how our employees view the issue of gradual return to the office. We want everyone to feel comfortable in the new reality, so we decided to ask about their opinions, needs and concerns related to this – says Bartosz Łopiński, CEO of Billennium.
On the occasion of the survey, Billennium also checked what employees value remote work for the most, and what they lack when they are not visiting work. In the multiple-choice question, nearly 83% of respondents indicated that the home office saves them time because they do not have to travel to the office. In addition, almost half of the respondents praise the silence at home and the possibility of greater concentration, and 45% of the respondents appreciate flexible working hours. On the other hand, a possible return to the office was justified, among others, by the need for contact with people (47% of responses), better work-life balance (34%) and a more comfortable workplace (31%). Therefore, 63% of respondents would like to return to the office permanently or in a mixed system: home office – work in the office.
– There are many indications that the pandemic will not only affect the popularity of remote work, but may also significantly change the office rental market. Since most employees want to appear in the office up to twice a week, the model in which everyone has their own desk will be replaced by more flexible solutions, and thus companies will need much smaller office space – adds Bartosz Łopiński.
As the research results showed, despite spending 2 months in isolation, employees do not forget about the situation in the world. Over 56% of respondents indicated that they are afraid that after returning to the office they may have direct contact with an infected person, and almost 30% feel fear that such contact will occur while traveling to the office. In addition, 43% of respondents are concerned about whether colleagues will follow the guidelines for preventing infection.
Therefore, Billennium employees believe that return to the office is possible only with caution. More than half of them indicated that the priority for the future is the rotational work system, reducing the number of people staying in the office at the same time, which should be determined in advance by the employer (54% of responses). In addition, almost half of the employees would like their desks to be placed at a greater distance. Often used to prevent spread of the virus elsewhere in the workplace, mandatory temperature measurement of workers, gained 32% of responses.
– The research results are an excellent source for us on the basis of which we will create a strategy of our adaptation to the new normality. I hope that thanks to him, when you hope to return to the office, all those who decide to do so will feel safe and comfortable – concludes Bartosz Łopiński.