After a year where every office-based business was forced to adapt to, and indeed embrace remote working, we are slightly surprised by the furvert there is in some quarters for a return to the office, exactly like before.
There is no doubt that everybody is craving human interaction, seeing their colleagues and the chance to collaborate and create in a way that is more conducive to being in the same room. However, if the last year has shown us nothing else, it is that remote working for most businesses can work just as effectively as being office-based. Indeed, lots of reports are emerging that employees and businesses perform better with a flexible approach to being office based.
Crucially for employers, having the flexibility to work from home is something that the majority of employees want. We have found over the last few weeks that candidates have not taken a role with a business because they had a strict return to the office policy, with very little flexibility.
We ran a poll on LinkedIn, answered by 776 people and only 2% said they would be happy being full time in the office. A huge 71% wanted complete flexibility to choose when and for how long to work from home.
As a business, you need to be aware of trends like this amongst the workforce and specifically where great talent is hard to come by. Despite it being a candidate heavy market at the moment, the best people in marketing, creative and technology still know their worth and the ability they have to choose. If you do not take a flexible approach to work in the office and move with the times, the best talent will not choose you.
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