Home workers will change the future of the office – yet a majority simply cannot work from home

Even after the corona crisis, people who now work from home often want to continue to do so. On average, people want to work from home 18 hours a week. The office is developing into a meeting place. This is apparent from a new measurement by TNO about working in times of corona. In the 3rd measurement of the NEA-COVID-19 survey, no less than 51 percent of employees indicated that they worked entirely in the office. Another 14 percent work partly from home and partly on location. Many people indicate that working from home is not an option for them at all. They are needed outside the home because of the nature of their work, customer contact or, for example, to teach.

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The office becomes the social meeting place

If the measures are lifted, people who now work from home often want to be able to work from home. Almost 1 in 4 wants to continue working from home largely or completely. The reasons for this are, for example, less travel time and better productivity. Research by the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) previously showed that many people want to continue working from home after the crisis. According to the CPB, Dutch employees would like to work from home on average eight hours a week. In other words: 1 day a week at home.

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That is more than double what we did before the coronavirus outbreak. At that time, the Dutch worked from home on average 3.8 hours a week.

That is more than double what we did before the coronavirus outbreak

Because of the work-life balance, many people also want to be able to continue working from home in the future, according to the TNO measurement. People with young children in particular often like to stay (partly) at home for this reason. The function of the office will change under the influence of home workers. The social aspect in particular is a reason to go back to the office.

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Social contact with colleagues takes place at the office. TNO’s research shows that in a new situation, home becomes the place to work concentrated. In the office, employees can then meet, socialize and collaborate. About 1 in 4 employees think that only working from home is hindering their career at this point. They want to be partly found in the office again in order to remain visible and to improve career prospects.

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Previous research also pointed to productivity improvement through working from home, with regular ‘real’ contact to be able to perform work efficiently.

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Author: Jobly