The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a monumental shift in the traditional office work culture, forcing companies around the world to adopt remote work, leading to a hybrid work model that emerged as a transformative solution to keep the economy going during tough keep times running. As the combination of remote working and office presence has become a new norm, extensive research from Global Commercial Real Estate Services (CBRE), a real estate consultancy, reveals some surprising findings that office-based work is gaining popularity.
Recent research results show that the productivity of employees working from the office is much higher than that of employees working from home. According to the report, 80 percent of employees who work from the office have increased their personal productivity.
On the other hand, the remote workers confirmed higher stress levels and reduced job satisfaction. 70 percent of employees working from home said they are dealing with stress, adding that workload has increased. The report states that 68 percent of employees who work from the office say their job satisfaction has increased, compared to 66 percent who work from home.
The CBRE report highlighted that those working from their respective offices felt more connected to their colleagues, teams and also other teams. 83 percent of office users report that their relationships with colleagues have improved than 69 percent of WFH employees.
Employees working from home have shown a lot of dissatisfaction and want to switch more often. The report also claimed that 24 percent of employees who work from home tend to switch because they feel dissatisfied, compared to 52 percent who work in an office.
Vatika Business Center CEO Vineet Tang said working from an office provides a dedicated and professional workspace, free from the distractions and comfort-related challenges that can arise at home. In an office environment, an employee can communicate in real time, have quick decision-making and spontaneous brainstorming sessions, which leads to more efficient problem solving and reduces delays. He also pointed out concerns about confidentiality and business privacy, which are largely compromised when employees work from home.