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Following from the article asking the question, ‘Is The Office Now Unnecesary?’, a poll undertaken on our Linkedin page showed that 67% of you would prefer to work from home rather than a return to the office. It remains to be seen when and if we will return to the office full time again, as COVID restrictions may dictate that many of us will have to work from home for some, if not all, of the working week.
Recent research by Ezra has shown a number of positives in the home working approach with 44% of people surveyed experiencing greater productivity in the home environment and just 15% of those surveyed saying they get less done working remotely. Over 50% of those surveyed remarked they would be more likely to work additional hours with the home office setup.
Despite the positivity demonstrated from those surveyed about working from home, around 20% felt that recognition, even when putting in the extra hours, was no longer noticed. One thing is for sure and that is the office vs home work debate will continue to rumble on with changes in attitudes towards either environment being influenced by, as yet, unforeseen circumstances and events.
Recent research from the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) has shown that 63% of UK employees, in a recent poll, believe the office to now be unnecessary since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic forced the vast majority of the UK workplace to be home based.
The IWFM is calling on employers to offer a form of hybrid work space for all, with the flexibility to work both from home, the office or multiple locations and if not to potentially risk losing, particularly younger employees to competitors that offer such flexibility.
Demand for hybrid working would appear to be particularly important for the younger demographic in a poll which surveyed around 2,000 office workers, with two thirds of 18-24 year olds intimating that not being offered flexible working options could make them look elsewhere for a new role.
‘The Truth Is, Home Versus Office Working Should Not Be Viewed As A Binary Choice Between Focus And Connection’ – Chris Moriarty, Director of Insight, IWFM
It will be interesting to see, going forward, the effect the Pandemic has on the office working environment. Already, we are seeing businesses adapting space within offices to incorporate social distancing across desks and allocating space within the building for employees to be able to use for reflective, personal usage. Washrooms and kitchen areas are under greater scrutiny than before with hand sanitiser now a permanent fixture in both. Most certainly commercial office space and usage has had to adapt over the last 12 months and, going forward, may be used and viewed very differently to accommodate the needs of staff like previously never anticipated.
As an SIA approved contractor for the provision of security guarding and public space CCTV, we are subjected to the stringent audit process that takes place each year to ensure compliance along with commitment to quality, customers and a willingness to work to improving efficiency.
We were delighted, this week, to have received the news that we have passed our recent audit with no none-conformances or improvement areas being identified. Of special note, the auditor has recommended we are put forward to the SIA for best practice surrounding our assignment instructions and site folders we have in place. The auditor actually remarked that these folders were the best he had ever seen. This is a fantastic compliment and we would like to thank all those team members involved in the participation both at office and site level. Well done Team AEJ!
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