- A majority of British workers now prefer hybrid or fully remote working, with 81% working from home at least one day a week.
- A significant 44% would consider leaving their job if required to return to the office full time.
- The shift to remote work has led to improvements in personal well-being, with 64% reporting an enhanced quality of life.
The landscape of work has undergone a seismic shift in the UK, as a new study by TonerGiant reveals. The research, involving 1,000 nationally representative British workers, uncovers the changing attitudes and preferences towards hybrid and remote working models in the post-pandemic era.
Hybrid Working: The Most Popular Choice
The study finds that the most common working arrangement involves two days of remote work per week, indicating a strong preference for a hybrid model. This trend is echoed by the 81% of Brits who work from home at least once a week, with 25% expressing a desire to switch to fully remote working.
Resistance to Full-Time Office Work
A notable resistance to full-time office work emerges from the survey. 44% of respondents would consider leaving their job if asked to return to the office full time, and 48% wouldn’t apply for a job that requires full-time office presence. This sentiment is particularly strong among women and millennials, with 52% of women and 51% of millennials opposed to full-time office roles.
Productivity and Well-being at Home
The survey sheds light on the perceived benefits of working from home. 59% feel more productive at home, and 64% report an improvement in their overall quality of life. Additionally, 52% believe their diet has improved, and 48% exercise more when working remotely.
The Challenges of Remote Work
Despite the benefits, remote work is not without its challenges. 50% of respondents miss the social aspect of the office, and 41% feel that remote working might affect their chances of promotion or pay raises. The cost of commuting, however, is a significant deterrent to office work, with 62% of Brits citing it as a reason for preferring remote work.
Commentary from TonerGiant’s Stuart Deavall
Stuart Deavall, Digital Marketing Manager at TonerGiant, comments on the findings: “Working from home has become a staple of our work culture in the UK and it’s clear that it’s favoured by Brits across the board. The convenience of using office equipment like laptops and printers from home is a driving force behind this trend.”
Conclusion: Embracing the Shift in Work Culture
The study concludes that the pandemic has permanently altered the UK’s work culture, with a clear preference for flexibility and remote working options. As businesses and employees adapt to this new normal, the focus shifts towards creating a work environment that balances productivity, well-being, and professional growth.
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