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Many employers unprepared for hybrid working

9 Apr 2021 By Jyoti Rambhai

Survey finds two-thirds of workers expect to work from home at least twice a week

Only one in five workers feel their employer is prepared to support a hybrid working model after the pandemic, according to a new study.

A survey by Sony Professional Solutions found that two-thirds (65 per cent) expect to work from home at least two days a week, while almost a third (31 per cent) believe that a return to five-day office working will not happen until 2022, if at all.

Where employers had a one-day remote working policy pre-pandemic, nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of employees expect to work from home at least one day a week post Covid.

The study also revealed that the shift towards a more hybrid working model is being driven by 18 to 24-year-olds, with three-quarters (75 per cent) saying they expect to work remotely at least two days a week.

Just 13 per cent of those aged 18-24 said they expect to return to working in the office full time, compared to half (51 per cent) of 35 to 54-year-olds.

The firm added that the results of the survey suggest employers need to better plan their “future workplace” and look at how they support remote workers.

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