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88% are worried about using public transport to commute

Employers and employees are planning a phased return to work due to concerns over using public transport, according to a survey conducted by HR software provider Breathe in conjunction with Posture People and HR Central.



The research polled 482 senior business leaders and employees and found half (50.6%) will limit the number of people in the office to adhere to social distancing rules. It also revealed a staggering 88% of respondents are not comfortable using public transport to commute in 2020.



Overwhelmingly, almost three-quarters of those surveyed (70.6%) stated they are planning on returning to the office in a phased, partial manner, with more than half of those surveyed (55.2%) concerned about returning to work.



“Our findings show a worrying picture whereby most people aren’t comfortable getting public transport at all this year, which is especially tricky for city-based firms,” said Jonathan Richards, CEO and co-founder of Breathe. “A full return to the office may not be possible at first, so businesses looking to introduce flexibility to the office environment are implementing rota systems to manage staff coming into the workplace. As we found in our Culture Economy report this year, 1 in 5 (21%) of employees quit their job due to poor workplace culture. This is why, whatever decision businesses make, they must ensure they are made with their people at the core.”



Breathe has announced the release of Breathe Rota, the intuitive staff scheduling and attendance software. It allows SMEs to create rotas, notify staff about upcoming shifts and make quick changes afterwards, and is free until 1st January 2021. 



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