Over a quarter (26%) of businesses in the UK will either close, downsize, or consolidate their offices over the coming months, as organizations look to embrace a hybrid working model in the post-pandemic world.
At the same time, 30% are expecting to welcome employees in the office between one and three days a week.
According to the findings, only 14% of organizations are not expecting workers to return to the workplace at all after the pandemic.
Interestingly, over a third (35%) of businesses surveyed are planning to create an employee engagement role separately from HR.
Respondents to the survey also said they wanted to spend significant resources to reward workers for their working during the duration of the pandemic.
Some 18% of organizations said they would look to give workers better pay and,or, promotions over the coming months.
Some 46% of respondents said they would also establish better remote working tools to ensure continued engagement and productivity in the remote working world — which is likely to be good news for employees after a recent survey found that many were frustrated and overwhelmed by poor and disjointed workplace technology.
Yessi Bello Perez is a contributor at UNLEASH. The former editor of UNLEASH, Yessi is a seasoned technology and business journalist passionate about technology, people, and the future of work. She is a regular contributor to Times Radio in the UK. She also co-hosted a podcast for fDi Intelligence (Financial Times) and wrote a column about rising startup ecosystems. Yessi’s work has featured in several other leading publications including the Evening Standard, The Next Web (TNW), and UKTN. She is a sought-after panelist, event host, speaker, and moderator at technology events.