As employers prepare to ask employees to begin returning to the office after over a year of working from home, we conducted a survey to understand how our candidates have found this period of remote working and what their ideal future set-up would look like.
Does this measure up to your experiences as an employee, or your understanding of your employees’ experiences as an employer?
We asked how satisfied respondents were with their current working from home arrangement. Over 80% are either somewhat or very satisfied, with only 12% surveyed either somewhat or very dissatisfied.
We also asked respondents what the biggest challenges they are facing while working from home. Many reported a key issue for them to be social isolation, with keeping a regular schedule and communication with co-workers coming in close 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
We asked respondents if they had all of the necessary equipment to work from home, and it they had a dedicated workspace to do so. The vast majority have all of the necessary equipment and, while slightly fewer have a dedicated workspace it still outweighs those who don’t.
When we surveyed respondents to find out how often they kept to a regular working schedule at home, just under half, at 47.22% managed to do so every day, with only a quarter only doing so about half of the time.
However, when we asked respondents if they were taking a set lunch break every day? Less than a third of respondents are managing to do so every day, with over a quarter either doing so really or never. 8.33% of respondents have also listed not getting enough food as a concern regarding working from home.
When we asked respondents if they would prefer sticking to their current set up or working from the office full-time? Most reported a wish for a hybrid approach, with only 2.78% of people seeking a return to the office full time.
The ideal mix for most respondent would be working from home for 3 days of the week and the office for 2, closely followed by just one day a week in the office and four at home.
When asked what could support them better while working from home most related to improved tech and office equipment. Key concerns were social isolation, a lack of work-life balance and overworking.
We are interested in hearing more about other ways employers could support employees working from home, or measures employers have brought in that have proven beneficial.