According to the EY survey, most companies are based on a hybrid model. Up to 72% of employers plan to reduce office space and use the rest primarily when employees need to work in a group or meet a client. Eighty-four percent of employers expect to work with technology and data so that space and energy are used efficiently, and most importantly, that their employees are satisfied with the approach chosen.
“We asked all of our employees how long they wanted to go back to offices after the pandemic, and they usually responded for a maximum of two to three days a week,” says Magdalena Souček, managing partner of EY Czech Republic. “I simply learned about it at the time. I thought they would miss the office and team environment more, but each of us has different priorities and we as a company respect that,” he says.
Employers are now faced with a decision. They will either design a plan for the company’s future policy, implement it, and catch all its flies over time, or experiment with what works and what doesn’t, and eventually create a functional model accordingly. The third option is to leave the work environment in “forecasting” mode and, based on the impact of this choice on work performance, find out if this is the right way to go.
The question of the future preparation of the business model is now being addressed by companies all over the world, from the smallest to the world-famous giants. Apple in California, for example, has decided that employees will be personally present in offices every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
Employees want a home office
However, the group of employees strongly opposed the letter of the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, stating that it is not suitable for everyone to return to the offices. In the open answer, they ask, among other things, that employees be able to make a subjective decision whether to work in the office or from home, and they also want to see reports on the impact of returning to offices on the environment.
This is also one of the aspects that employers consider when considering a mixed business model. While employees reduce necessary trips directly to the workplace, not only are the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from transportation reduced, but companies also save energy or water in bathrooms and kitchens.
The assured independence of employees and their ability to decide where they will work is now a major issue that superiors will have to deal with. Up to 79% of employees mentioned that the ability to work from home is a critical factor for them, for example in a new job. About 60% of employers are convinced that employees have the right to decide where they work and how often they come home or in the office.
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