Since the nationwide shift to flexible working in March, Winc has been collecting information from organisations around the country to identify current and predicted future ways of working. Here are three findings we discovered.
FINDING 1: 40% of those currently working from home would prefer to continue working remotely.
From our research, the most prominent result was in response to the question “do you want to return to the office full-time?” An astounding 40% said no, another 40% were undecided and 20% said they would prefer to return to the office full-time.
Research suggests remote workers perceive their jobs to be more autonomous and experience higher levels of job satisfaction. A study in 2017 found the average worker was willing to accept 8% less pay for the option to work from home.1
As organisations navigate new ways of working during the pandemic, some are working from home, others from the office and some organisations are using a hybrid model. It’s clear new patterns have been established and organisations need to start planning for the type of work environment that’s going to balance both organisational goals and safety requirements into the future.
FINDING 2: Office chats are what people miss most – the office cookie jar is what they miss the least.
It’s clear from our research the number one thing people miss most in a work from home setting is the casual conversation with others. In particular, we discovered that employees from the Government sector miss office chats most.
Despite the presence of online communication tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Workplace by Facebook, research argues that physical proximity is key to collaboration and communication. When others are physically close, it is easier to start conversations, either planned or unexpected.2
Research has even argued that online environments can have a negative impact on company culture in the long term and hinder career opportunities. Online environments don’t support the development of cross-functional relationships as well as physical workplaces do.3
FINDING 3: 20% say they miss nothing about the office.
Although many have indicated they miss office chats, 20% state they miss ‘nothing’ about the office. We also found that employees working in the Professional Services sector were more likely to miss nothing compared to Government employees. Interestingly, workers in Victoria were more likely to say they miss nothing about the office compared to those in New South Wales or Queensland.
It’s fair to say there will be large parts of organisations across the county where remote working will continue in the long term. To mitigate risks of injury and enable productivity, organisations need to ensure remote workers are set up for success.
Winc is here to support all types of working environments. For specialist advice on how to properly equip your remote workforce ergonomically, get in touch with our Home Office specialists. Alternatively, sign up for Winc Home Delivery for access to nationwide delivery straight to your employees’ homes – all at contract prices.
1 Harvard Business Review, Choudhury, P., Larson, B.Z., Foroughi, C. ‘Is It Time to Let Employees Work from Anywhere?
2 Bernstein, E.S. and Turban, S., 2018. The impact of the ‘open’ workspace on human collaboration. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373(1753), p.20170239.
3 Harvard Business Review, Bernstein, E., Blunden, H., Brodsky A., Sohn, W., Waber, B. ‘The implications of working without an office’