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Majority of business leaders struggling to get staff back to the office

Three in five UK business leaders are struggling to get employees back into the office, with younger workers in particular seeking flexibility and better workspaces, new research has found.

infinitSpace commissioned an independent survey of 945 full-time employees including 358 senior decision-makers within UK businesses. It found that more than a third (36%) of employees are considering moving jobs to somewhere with more flexible working practices, either in terms of when or where they work, and 31% are looking for a more engaging workspace. Such numbers skyrocket among the those aged 18-34 to 53% and 48% respectively. 

Meanwhile, 61% of decision-makers admit they are struggling to get employees back to the office, with two-fifths (39%) seeking a new workspace to reflect their changing office needs. Of those actively looking, 56% are seeking a flexible workspace and 44% are downsizing, with 45% saying it is difficult to find a space that meets their needs. 

Wybo Wijnbergen, CEO at infinitSpace, said: “The pandemic has fundamentally reset what people want and need from a workspace and, as the research clearly showed, it has also emboldened employees to seek greater flexibility. More than ever, employees have the power to shape their working week around the realities of everyday life.”

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