Research from communication platform Slack released today reveals that Australian workers have no interest in returning full-time to the office.
Slack’s study, The Remote Work Tech Effect, is based on a survey conducted by Honeycomb Strategy of 1000 Australian knowledge workers in March of this year, following the first iteration in October last year.
Slack’s research reveals that a whopping one in two respondents would quit their jobs over a lack of flexibility — if their employers provided no hybrid work offerings, forcing them to work from the office full-time.
In the war to attract and retain talent, variables including seniority of the position, salary and benefits are some of the key considerations. However employees are also strongly pushing for flexible working to continue and employers should consider the models of work that will provide their organisations with the strongest workplace culture.
Some of the findings indicate that Aussie workers prefer casual clothes — almost half of respondents said they would miss this by returning to the office. Forty-four per cent would miss not having to commute and 47 per cent said that their work-life balance was improved working from home.
Hub Australia, which claims it is Australia’s largest premium flexible workspace, says it is responding to the changing demands of the Australian workforce as it emerges from the pandemic.
According to Brad Krauskopf, CEO of Hub Australia, “We firmly believe hybrid workstyles are a permanent demand beyond the pandemic and many will spend their week working from multiple locations. Our corporate and enterprise customers recognise that they need to embrace flexible workspaces to attract and retain talented staff — we believe that offering them a network of workspaces nationally will help them achieve this.”
Hub Australia has recently announced that it has partnered with suburban coworking provider WOTSO to develop a hybrid work model, giving Australian businesses access to both CBD and local suburban locations. The program will generate data to allow businesses better understanding of flexible working requirements and output, providing insight into employee preferences and behaviours.
“We still expect to see large numbers of members capitalise on the amenity that CBD locations provide, but there’s no doubt some of our members will relish the opportunity to work from WOTSO sites in their local areas such as Manly or the Sunshine Coast,” says Krauskopf.
Research from December 2020 from Hub Australia’s Business Impact and Economy Survey reveals that while 51 per cent will continue to attend the CBD office regularly, 44 per cent of members are looking for locations closer to home.
Slack’s research does show, though, that while employees are looking for options and flexibility, the novelty of working from home wore off a long time ago. Only 17 per cent of respondents would continue to work from home full-time, citing disconnectedness from colleagues and a lack of social interaction as the key limitations.