As 2023 begins, more and more research is indicating that the New Year will see an acceleration in the return to office (RTO) movement. One example: a survey of 1,000 businesses by ResumeBuilder.com. The researchers found that:
66% of employers currently require employees to work from office.
90% of companies will require employees to return to office in 2023.
88% of companies are offering incentives to get employees to return, including catered meals, commuter benefits, and higher pay.
The ResumeBuilder.com survey reported that, “Of the companies that currently allow employees to work fully-remotely, 73% say they will ‘definitely’ (28%) or ‘likely’ (45%) change their work location policy in (the next) six months.” Assuming that happens, something like 90% of all companies will require employees to work from the office at least some of the time, said the survey authors.
Another recent 2022 U.S. Workplace Survey, this one by the global design firm, Gensler, found that the main reason employees want to return to office is to “focus on work,” named by 48% of respondents. The authors say that this is particularly the case with Gen Z (those born between 1990 and 2010), who are “seeking to be in the office more often than other generations, primarily to take advantage of pent-up demand for learning and career development opportunities.” Another 38% ranked “to sit with my team” as their top priority.
The workplace is changing, there’s no doubt about that, and future models will have to accommodate some percentage of work from home. But as the Gensler survey found, there are career (and social) benefits to in-person work that just can’t be duplicated remotely. This will become increasingly clear as more employees return to work. That’s good news for the office market as we begin the New Year.
Find out about how you can be a part of the return to office movement here.
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