A new survey from infinitSpace demonstrates that remote working is here to stay and businesses are having trouble getting staff back to work.
587 employees and 358 managers were surveyed by the Netherlands-based workspace management specialist and it appears that senior management is not enjoying the smooth sailing as employees plot the “big return” at the office or workplace.
Return to work
Apple, Google, and other big tech firms have encountered significant resistance from their employees as they sought to bring staff back into the office.
Earlier this year, one Apple executive resigned over the firm’s order to return to the office.
A growing number of firms are adopting hybrid working practices, with staff working part of the week in the office and part of the week remotely (often from home).
According to the research, 61 percent of UK business leaders (or three in five) do not have the ability to get their employees back into the office as often as they would like.
A third of full-time employees (36 percent) are considering moving to an employer that offers more flexibility, and 31 percent are seeking a more engaging work environment. Among those aged 18-34, that number rises to 53 percent.
Among employees aged 18-34, 48 percent say they would like to work for an employer with a better workplace.
Changes in the workplace
Furthermore, two-fifths (39 percent) of respondents said they are looking for a new workspace, suggesting a challenging period for commercial office landlords.
56 percent of those actively looking are looking for flexible workspaces, 44 percent are downsizing, and 45 percent say it is difficult to find a space that suits their needs.
“The pandemic has fundamentally reset what people want and need from a workspace and, as the research clearly showed, it has also emboldened employees to seek greater flexibility,” noted Wybo Wijnbergen, CEO of infinitSpace. “More than ever, employees have the power to shape their working week around the realities of everyday life.”
The options for small businesses
In 2020 we shared our The Tools Your Team Needs To Work Remotely article, which provided solutions to the issues that arose in the Pandemic. Many of those companies have seen a huge rise in their users. There are no signs of flexible working schedules or telecommuting declining any time soon.
With this in mind, businesses are on the lookout for ways that remote working arrangements can actually save them money and research has shown that telecommuting employees work quite as much as on-site employees.
Companies like MyQuickCloud ensure that you can seamlessly transition to a remote workforce and save money at the same time, offering a permanent, cost-effective solution that keeps your business thriving regardless of the circumstances.
You get a ready-to-use remote infrastructure that all you need to do is plug in your company data and systems.
There is no better time to implement and sustain a remote working culture than now for your small business or accounting firm. Contact MyQuickCloud today for a demo.