1 In 4 Staff Want To Work In The Office 5 Days Per Week
GLOBAL – A survey carried out by Ipsos shows that about 25 percent of employees across the world want to work in the office 5 days per week after the COVID-19 pandemic is over, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) last week.
Conversely, 10 percent of staff prefer a 4-day work week, 15 percent want to work in the office 3 days per week, 17 percent 2 days, while only 9 percent are looking to work in the office for 1 out 5 days per week. Another 25 percent want to work in their home full-time.
In Singapore, 12 percent of employees want to work in the office full-time after the global health crisis has been surmounted. But the most popular option is to spend 2 days in the office per week, with 30 percent of the respondents saying so.
On the other hand, 14 percent of the local residents prefer to work in their office 1 day per week. 18 percent are eyeing 3 days in their workplace, but 22 percent want to work in their home full-time.
Currently, around half of the respondents in Singapore are working mainly or fully from their home. In comparison, only 15 percent of the staff in China are under such arrangement.
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, 53 percent of the global respondents said they were primarily or had always worked in their office. But during the time when the survey was conducted (from 21 May to 4 June 2021), that figure declined to about 39 percent.
Meanwhile, 66 percent of the surveyed staff said that their companies should implement more flexible work arrangements in the future. Support for such work set-up was most evident among women, parents with school age kids, and employees under 35 years old, as well as those with higher salary and educational attainment.
The research, which polled about 12,500 workers across 29 countries, also revealed that 30 percent of the global respondents would consider resigning from their job if they were compelled by their employer to return to their workplace full-time.