Thursday, December 21, 2023

New Legal & General survey examines the move from office to home office

Legal & General commissioned a poll of more than 2,000 full-time office workers in the UK to explore attitudes towards remote and hybrid working. Headline findings include:

• Manchester is the remote working capital of the UK - Mancunians work an average of 53 days remotely

• A majority (59%) of workers say that they’re more productive working in the office than at home
• 75% of UK workers work from home at least some of the time
• 2.5 is the mean numbers of days per week that people say they work remotely
• 4% of peole say they’re allowed to be fully remote every day if they wish
Breaking this down, 71% of arts and culture employees say they already enjoyed high levels of remote working pre-pandemic (a figure that has since risen to 88% today). But in industries like IT and finance/accounting, the change has been dramatic, 58% of these workers were remote before COVID, compared to 90% today.

Accounting and financial services was the sector where employees were most likely to say they preferred working from home compared to the office, 40% as against 18%.

Some other interesting findings:

• Men are slightly more likely to work remotely than women, although 34% of women prefer WFH, compared to 28% of men
• In general, older workers are less likely to work from home. The survey found that 85% of 18–24-year-olds work from home at least sometimes, compared to 62% of people aged over 55.
 • Attitudes differ across the generations people under 45 are more likely to prefer home working to the office, but among 45-54-year-olds, the preference is 34% (office) versus 31% (home). For those aged over 55, this rises to 43% (office) and 28% (home).
Overall, 60% of workers say they would consider changing their role if they had to return to the office full-time. When asked why, 73 % say that it saves time on commuting, a similar number that it saves money, 71% that it's more flexible, and 50% that it offers fewer distractions.

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