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3 months ago by Debbie Lloyd

What employees miss most about the office

Work Friendships

According an article from HR Grapevine 41% of workers claim that they are missing office banter and spending time with their work friends (40%) as remote working has quickly become the new norm.

The research, which was conducted by Vodafone, found that having company around you (35%), sticking to a routine (32%), bouncing ideas off one another (30%) and the motivational office buzz (22%) were also things that employees said they were missing due to working from home.

Almost one-fifth (19%) said that they miss engaging in grown-up conversations with colleagues, possibly because a large portion of employees are juggling home-schooling and professional commitments simultaneously.

The top ten things Brits miss about being in the office
  1. Work banter (41%)

  2. Colleagues (40%)

  3. Having company around me (35%)

  4. Routine (32%)

  5. Bouncing ideas off each other (30%)

  6. The office buzz to motivate me (22%)

  7. Collaborating with others (21%)

  8. Learning from others & grown up conversation (17%)

  9. The commute (nine per cent)

  10. Watercooler gossip (eight per cent)

While employees may be missing the office, the research did unearth some positives to this period of remote working.

51% of Brits said that working from home has allowed them to claw back extra time due to the lack of commute. One-third (37%) of employees said they can lie in and 20% said that they are able to spend more time with pets.

The findings also revealed that 29% of Brits are reaping the financial benefits of working from home as they aren’t currently splurging on coffee, buying lunch out or doing a bit of retail therapy over lunchtime.

While employees aren’t in a physical office environment with colleagues, the research found that they are doing their best to stay in touch virtually.

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