Over a number of months in late 2020 the Design Strategy Unit, a partnership between Scott Brownrigg and iPWC undertook a survey with employees from across a number of different industries to understand how the impact of COVID-19 will influence our re-occupation of offices and how employees want to work in the future.
The insightful results enable companies to make informed evidence-based decisions on how their offices should be re-occupied in the mid to long term and any interior design solutions that are needed as a consequence.
Whilst respondents were cross-industry, 35% were from the Property and Construction industry and 18% were from finance and insurance. 77% of respondents were CEO/President/Director/Department Head/Manager level and 77% were Generation X/Gen Y/ Millennials.
It was clear from the findings that 95% want to work remotely some of the working week, with 47% wanting to work remotely 1-2 days per week and 36% wanting to work remotely 3-5 days per week.
So how did they feel about their productivity levels when working remotely? Well 86% agree that their home environment enables them to work productively and 82% feel their employer supports them in working remotely.
Whilst some may find it difficult to switch off from work when at home, 56% feel they are able to maintain a healthy work-life balance and clearly enjoy the benefits this gives with 50% of participants citing less commuter time, flexibility of schedule and more time with the family as the main benefits of working from home.