Employees report 54% increase in morale following return to the workplace and improved connection to company culture when the return was well-handled.
WeWork, in partnership with research and strategy firm brightspot strategy, has released the results of a new survey that examines the policies and conditions impacting an employee’s morale and performance after returning to the workplace. The research also analyses how employees felt about their employers’ handling of their return to the office.
The research found that those who returned to the office four to five days a week reported a 54 percent increase in morale compared to working from home. Of all employees who returned to the office anywhere from one to five days, there was an over 40 percent rise in morale.
Employees who thought their company’s handling of the return to the work was effective, reported it led to a 7 percent improvement in collaborative productivity and 12 percent improvement in connection to company culture. The impact of a company providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitiser had the most positive impact, improving connection with company culture by 11 percent.
Mathieu Proust, General Manager UK&I, said: “Our research echoes what we’re hearing from our members – how important the office is for employee wellbeing and morale. Working remotely has stifled productivity, with employees missing the workplace as a space for human connection, innovation, and company culture.
With the exciting vaccine news delivering a promising start to 2021, business leaders must plan the return to work as a top priority and instil confidence in their employees that their workplace is safe and secure. At WeWork our spaces are designed with safety and flexibility front of mind, so that businesses in our community can rethink their office space and adapt for the future.”
The survey was representative of professional office employees across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe, and set out to determine the conditions that made employees more satisfied and productive when they returned to the office after working from home. It was designed as a blind survey with no reference to WeWork or assessment of coworking and took place in October 2020 before another wave of COVID-19 forced many employees back to working from home.
WeWork is a global leader in flexible space, providing businesses of all sizes with the space, community, and services they need to run and grow their business. With 859 locations, in 151 cities and 38 countries around the world, WeWork delivers flexible space solutions to its 542,000 members worldwide.