Fact Service August 2020

Issue 33

One in three expects no return before 2021

One in three workers believes they won’t be back in their workplace until at least next year, according to a YouGov survey for e-learning company Skillcast reported in Personnel Today.

While 45% of the 4,000 UK workers surveyed said they expected to return to the office/other form of workplace by the end of December, a quarter thought it would be 2021 before they were back.

8% said they are likely to continue working from home indefinitely. Four-fifths of those surveyed said they would prefer to work from home at least one day a week, while 7% would like the flexibility to work from home when needed.

Vivek Dodd, chief operating officer of Skillcast, said: “This latest study shows that working from home will remain with us for the foreseeable future.

“These are warning signals for companies to invest in strengthening measures to support their remote workers and manage their compliance risks.”