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Just 44% of UK employees keen to return to the office

Less than half (44%) of UK employees who are currently working from home because of COVID-19 are keen to return to the office, according to Glassdoor. 46% of respondents to the company’s survey of 2,000 UK employees expect to return to their office in some way between June and August 2020, 30% between September and August 2020, and 1% don’t expect to return until 2021.

When asked why workers do want to return to the office, 69% said they want to return to some form of normality, 63% are keen to socialise with colleagues, 38% are tired of working from home and 36% believe there are fewer distractions in the office.

Joe Wiggins, EMEA director at Glassdoor, explained, “Many people are understandably cautious about returning to the office, imagining all sorts of restrictions ranging from which entrances and exits they can use to how they get a cup of coffee. Wearing a mask and gloves all day sitting at a desk does not sound like much fun: so much so that 63 percent of employees are open to working from home full time and never going back to the office.”

The survey also found that 87% of employees would be more likely to apply for a job with a company that looked after its staff well during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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