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Survey Reveals Employers Struggle with Mandatory Return-to-Office Policies

May 24, 2023 Canadian HR Reporter


According to recent research, employers all around the world are losing staff after requiring them to return to work.


According to Unispace, a strategy, design, and construction organization, more than seven in ten (72%) of companies globally have compulsory office returns, and 50% of the global workforce is in the office four or more days each week.


However, 42% of companies currently indicate that staff attrition is more than expected. Other obstacles include hiring (29%), and keeping staff pleased (74%).


This is true even if employees are less hesitant to return to the office (51%) than they were in 2021 (64%). The Royal Bank of Canada requested that staff members attend at least three or four times each week beginning in March.


Benefits of Returning to the Office According to Employers.


According to a poll by Unispace of 6,650 companies and 9,500 employees from 17 different countries, most employers support workers returning 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.


According to a prior study, more than half (56%) of American adults think that workers who work completely in-office have a competitive advantage over their fully remote colleagues when it comes to receiving raises, bonuses, and promotions.


Employees List Negative Effects of Returning to Work


Unispace says that it looks like employers are not meeting the needs of their talent.


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 claim that the main obstacle to rehiring personnel was the commute. However, the following are the main reasons given by employees for not wanting to return to the office:

  • Missing the privacy of being at home (31%)
  • Being more effective in a quiet environment out of the office (27%)
  • Feeling more productive at home (23%)


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.


A previous study demonstrated that employees don’t believe going back to work is worthwhile. Instead, employees appear to be so eager to work from home that they are willing to invest their own money to make the most of their experience.




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