How has COVID-19 Changed Office Working Habits?

Adapt Global Group has published the results of a large survey of UK office workers to better understand people’s experiences of working from home, and how it has changed their attitude to offices and shared workspaces.

Specifically, they looked at whether the Coronavirus pandemic is creating a cultural shift towards remote working, and how office workers themselves feel about these changes, including:

• What support employers are giving staff working at home

• How people’s home office set-ups compare with their main (employer) office

• Which working patterns employees would ideally choose

• The safety measures needed to make people feel comfortable returning to work

• How people expect to split their time between the home and office in the future

• Differences between demographics

Speaking about the results, Garry McKay, Managing Director for Adapt Global Group said:

‘It’s clear from the responses that in the future, most people would like to strike a balance between office and remote working. Employers will need to take necessary steps to ensure employees feel safe when they go into the office. They will also need to ensure remote workers are supported, not just in terms of providing suitable ergonomic equipment, but also emotionally, to reduce feelings of isolation and maintain engagement.’

Highlights and key statistics include some concerning trends with 42.8% of office workers who do not have a dedicated workspace at home and 63% of people with school-age children have no dedicated home workspace.

60% of home workers only have one PC screen and 69% of home workers do not use an ergonomic office chair

34% feel isolated working from home and 28.3% of people report being less productive working from home. 53% report working longer hours at home, than in the office and 66% of employers have not financially contributed to employees’ home offices

The way we work in offices has changed forever w ith the number of office workers expecting to work over 3 days a week in the office has dropped from 78% to 46%

Only 10.3% of people would choose to go back to full-time office work and 47.5% of people would choose to work in the office at least 2 days per week

The top reasons for using offices in the future will be for collaboration and social purposes, with only 30.4% citing ‘Everyday Work’ as a reason to visit the office and 52% or workers expect office workspaces to be socially distanced and to feel comfortable.

The full report is available here: