Employers Struggling with Return-to-Office Mandates

May 25, 2023 from HRD


According to recent research, employers all over the world are losing workers as a result of requiring individuals to return to the office. Unispace, a strategy, design, and construction company, reported that more than seven in ten organizations globally claim to have required office returns, and 50% of the global workforce reports working four or more days per week.


However, 42% of companies now report higher employee attrition than planned, and 29% are having trouble finding any new hires at all. Almost 74% of businesses say they struggle to keep their staff members content. This is the case despite the fact that employees are less reluctant to return to work (51% vs. 64% in 2021).


The Royal Bank of Canada requested that staff members attend at least three or four times each week beginning in March.


According to a poll by Unispace of 6,650 companies and 9,500 employees from 17 different countries, the majority of employers support workers going back to the office. 75% percent of corporate executives say they have grown their real estate holdings during the past two years. This growth includes trends that are luring talent and producing income, such as the creation of hospitality areas by 44% of businesses.


Compared to remote recruiting, companies express significantly higher levels of trust in office-based talent attraction strategies, particularly for training new hires (84% versus 70%) and recruitment (89% versus 73%).


Additionally, 84% of companies say that employees who just work from home will have restricted career opportunities. However, it seems that even when businesses mandate that employees report to work, they are failing to meet their talent’s demands.


While 83% of employers claim that the workplace is set up to encourage productivity, 58% of employees report that distractions make it difficult for them to perform their primary duties in the workplace. Companies also stated that the main obstacle to rehiring personnel was the commute. However, the following are the main excuses given by employees for not going to work:


  • They miss having access to privacy at home (31%).
  • They can work more efficiently away from the office in a calm setting (27 percent)
  • They feel more productive at home (23 percent).


According to Steve Quick, CEO of Unispace Global, “employee work habits continue to evolve as we all adapt in today’s rapidly changing work environment.” Employers will have better success redefining the value and function of that workspace if they take the time to learn what their workers need and value most from their workspace. This will promote organizational strength, brand recognition, employee satisfaction, and talent retention.





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