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- January 1, 2021: Vol. 15, Number 1

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UK workers reluctant to return to the office post-crisis

by Marek Handzel

As the debate over the future of the office sector rumbles on, evidence continues to emerge that employees are becoming increasingly reluctant to return to the office full-time.

Following a survey of UK workers, market research giant YouGov has estimated that only 7 percent of employees want to return to the office full-time once restrictions on mobility are lifted, with 18 percent keen to work from home every day. YouGov has also said that 32 percent of workers would opt to work from home most days. But research by the company has also found that only 13 percent of managers feel they can manage or train their teams effectively when everyone is working remotely.

Equally concerning for companies may be that remote working appears to be having a negative impact on productivity in the UK. Only 57 percent of those questioned by YouGov believe that the standard of their work is equal to or higher than it was when they were office-based. And barely over a quarter of those su

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