Workers returning to offices sooner than expected, according to survey

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Workers returning to office sooner than expected

Four out of five workers will head back to the office when the pandemic is over, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

This is a sizeable increase in the number of employees that were expected to return after the end of lockdown at the end of 2020, when the number was estimated at 60%.

The increase in employees willing to return to the office can be attributed to the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme and workplaces evolving to meet the needs of staff. There are also employees for whom the novelty of working from home has worn off.

Kath Fontana, RICS president and facilities management specialist, said: “We’ve all recognised that workplaces will need to adapt as a result of COVID-19 but it’s very revealing that this latest survey shows much more optimism on the return to the office.

“What we’ve seen is employers using this time to look forward to and plan ahead for what the ‘new normal’ will look like.”