Fortunately for workers, it appears that employers are not taking extreme measures when it comes to forcing them to return.
According to a new report released by Stanford University and The University of Chicagoabout 35% of the workers were not severely punished for being at the workplace less time than originally promised.
And the news is good for those who want to stay at home for more days a week than what the organizations are offering, since they are given 1.6 days to work from home, compared to 1.1 days in January 2021.
The gap between what employees want and what employers want hasn’t narrowed since the start of the survey as employees want to work from home on average 2.6 days a week.
Remove the residue
However, ratings given by employees revolve around how they feel about their jobs is lower than it has been in two years.
“As employers implement back-to-office policies, employee sentiment is declining; workers are struggling and we’re seeing a huge drop-off when it comes to getting more information and other things like stress and anxiety related to work, it’s much less,” said Sheela Subramanian, vice president of the Future Forum at Slack in. San Francisco.
Immutable values are the main reason behind these disappointing figures, according to Subramanian.
“Office workers consistently score twice as low when it comes to work, compared to their colleagues and peers who can be more flexible about where and when they work,” he said.
Many workers are not given flexibility, which leads to high levels of dissatisfaction and resignation, found a survey of 10,818 skilled workers in the US, Australia, France, Germany, Japan and the UK. between Jan. 27 and Feb. 21.
‘A pleasure for the masses’
Having employees return to work can be stressful, according to Margo Hoyt, senior manager of talent and leadership development at HR consulting firm LHH in Ottawa.
“We have reached a point where leaders, employees, organizations have become familiar with ways of working differently from what we used to know. [with] in the past, and there have been many positives associated with it, but the anxiety and stress of giving it up and going back to work in an office is overwhelming for many,” he said.
A recent report from workplace advocate IWG revealed that 41% of rural workers are concerned that their employer is asking them to return to the office five times a week, while 45% say they would consider changing jobs if asked.
To combat this, organizational leaders may see a shift to hybrid work as a strategy: 81% of office workers said hybrid working is a must when looking for a new job. They also ranked it higher than pension contributions, bonuses or profit-sharing, and unlimited vacation or holiday pay, according to the IWG.
“Employers who don’t offer hybrid services will miss out on the best talent,” Berger said. “Not only do employees benefit from improved work-life balance, but by switching to a hybrid model, businesses can expect to save approximately $13,000 per employee – and reduce emissions,” said Wayne Berger, the company’s CEO. America, IWG.
How to attract employees
With all of this in mind, what can businesses do to ensure that employees are happy to return to work more often?
Maximizing outdoor space with natural light is a good place to start, according to a survey conducted by Instant Offices.
Seventy percent (70%) of those surveyed said that providing more light and nature can help reduce stress. Providing rest and non-work spaces on site, is preferred by 59% of the employees surveyed.
Employees also desire a variable temperature in the workplace, as the respondents said that the change in air quality is the most important factor in the workplace.