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Study shows workers going to the office just 1.5 days a week

A global study of 220 offices in 33 countries, representing nearly 250,000 employees, has revealed that hybrid working is becoming established as the norm, with people now coming into the office an average of just 1.5 days a week, versus nearly four days a week before the pandemic.

Global workplace consultancy AWA’s second Hybrid Working Index study, conducted between September and November this year, found that on average people go into the office 29% of the time. Among employers surveyed in both the first study, in the summer, and this one, attendance was steady at around 25%.

Critically, however, desks are now used 37% of the time, indicating that employers are becoming smarter about the use of office space. Among those surveyed in both studies, there is a marked increase in desk use, rising from 31% to 37%. However, despite this improved efficiency, over half of desks lie empty on even the busiest days.

Andrew Mawson, managing director at AWA, said: “This study shows that not only is hybrid working now the norm, but that employers are adapting to this reality to become more efficient in their use of office space. The implications for developers of office space and the inner cities where most of these offices are located are seismic, and planners will have to rethink how they use buildings in the centre of towns and cities in the future.”

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