‘Return to office’ remains a divisive issue

return to officeAccording to a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Citrix Systems, employees remain divided on how they want to work going forward. Based on the poll: the majority enjoy the flexibility they’ve been given to work from anywhere and are willing to leave jobs to maintain it. Of the 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 and they are asked to return to office based working.

“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,” said Traci Palmer, Vice President of People and Organization Capability, Citrix. “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. Hybrid work is the foundation on which the future of work will be built, and companies that recognize this and put processes and technologies in place to support it can cultivate the flexible, agile and empowered workforce they need to innovate and grow.”

Of those employees surveyed in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Japan:

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

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

  • Better work-life balance (42 percent)
  • Save time and costs associated with commuting (35 percent)
  • Fewer distractions (20 percent)
  • More productive (20 percent)
  • Colleagues/manager are not in the office (19 percent)
  • Don’t have a dedicated space in the office (7 percent)
  • Restaurants and amenities near office are limited or closed (6 percent)

Other respondents indicated they would like to head to the office at least once a week for the following reasons:

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

In addition to where they work, employees who participated in the Citrix-OnePoll survey also want flexibility in when they work.

  • 30 percent want the freedom to choose how often they work in the office as opposed to the company mandating a set number of days
  • 76 percent would work a four-day week if they could maintain their salaries
  • 17 percent of employees polled view flexibility as more important than salary
  • 69 percent would consider leaving their job if it isn’t offered