The survey of 1017 UK adults (in full or part time work) commissioned by the leading designers asked the public about their new expectations of work, following 14 months of COVID restrictions and working from home.
The survey also found that two thirds of employees (67%) want ‘COVID havens’ (offices that guarantee hygiene so there’s no need for COVID restrictions once on site) when returning to the office.
The poll comes one month before many workers are expected to return to the office as vaccine rollouts ease the stipulations on people to work from home on 21st June.
According to Linda Morey-Burrows, Founder and Principal Director of MoreySmith: “Many companies want employees to return to the office from June 21st to reinstate a sense of identity and common single purpose.
“We are finding that whilst many young people are desperate to return to the workplace for a better, more social working environment, employees with a long commute and young children are often more reluctant to stop working from home.
“As this polling demonstrates, it’s essential that workspaces are designed to encourage and stimulate this return to work. Offices must be created to cater for the new world with flexibility, comfort, outside spaces and sociability front of mind for designers.”