| 29 February 2024, Thursday |

Most office workers will never return full-time, survey says

An exclusive survey for the BBC suggests that most people do not believe workers will return to the office full-time after the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 70 percent of 1,684 people polled anticipated that workers would “never return to offices at the same rate”.

The majority of workers said that they would prefer to work from home either full-time or at least some of the time.

But managers raised concerns that creativity in the workplace would be impacted.

Half of 530 senior leaders also surveyed by polling organization YouGov for the BBC said that workers staying at home would adversely affect both creativity and collaboration – against just 38% of ordinary people.

Bosses at big firms such as investment bank Goldman Sachs and tech giant Apple have rejected calls for more flexibility, with the former even calling working from home an aberration.

Managers and members of the public surveyed for the BBC agreed, however, that neither productivity nor the economy would be harmed by continuing work-from-home policies.

According to the research, more than three-quarters of people believe their boss will allow them to continue.