Want to lure employees back to the office? Try opening it on these specific days
The hybrid workplace arrangement has introduced a new way of working for employees, who found themselves splitting their time between their offices and home workspaces. A new report, however, has further discovered the days employees want to report to work more.
Data from workspace provider IWG revealed that employees prefer to spend three days at the office, specifically on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This was suggested as employees visit their office workspaces on these days by 23% more than Mondays and Fridays.
"The shift to more flexible ways of working is undeniable when you see the data showing that UK workers are wholeheartedly embracing a three-day office week," said IWG founder and chief executive Mark Dixon as quoted by Proactive.
In fact, the most popular day to be in the office so far is Tuesday, followed by Wednesday and Thursday, according to a Reuters report, which cited the same study.
"The trend is reinforced by the hospitality industry, whose leaders have said Wednesday and Thursday evenings have become the new Thursdays and Fridays for drinking and dining out," the IWG said as quoted by Reuters.
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Why is this the case? Employees are also likely avoiding the busy commute at the start and at the end of the week.
"The data shows there is a strong appetite to spend part of the time in an office environment, particularly local flex spaces, and that the era of long daily commutes is well and truly over," said Dixon.
"Employees want to continue spending more time with their family and friends and less time commuting on a busy train."
The study was carried out among 300 workspaces in Britain, according to IWG.
It came as more than 70 companies in the UK began their trial of a four-day work week, an attempt from employers to navigate a post-pandemic world that shifted employees' priorities when it comes to work.