Productivity conflict at the office

65 per cent of UK workers believe their employer is concerned they are less productive when not in the office

Results from the fifth quarterly Talent Index from Beamery suggests employers may be lacking trust in their workers to decide where they are the most productive, with more people now returning to the office full-time. Whilst 76 per cent of UK respondents said they are more productive working remotely or are just as productive as they are in the office, 65 per cent also believe their employer is concerned they are actually less productive when not in the office.

Almost half of workers (44 per cent) in the UK say they have been asked to return to the office full-time with almost nine out of ten (88 per cent) saying their employer sees staff returning to the office as essential and important.

Beamery’s Talent Index statistics, tracking the number of UK workers returning to the office full time, has now shown a sharp rise. In October 2021, 35 per cent said they had returned to the office full-time, in December 2021 26 per cent said the same and in March this year it was 25 per cent. This is compared to a jump up to 44 per cent in the latest figures.

Trust – or lack of it – also seems to correspond with age, with 81 per cent of workers aged 18-24 reporting that their employer is concerned they are less productive at home, versus 48 per cent aged 55-64.

The data also examined worker loyalty during the cost of living crisis. 67 per cent of employees surveyed said they were likely to accept a job offer based on securing higher pay, even if there were no other benefits. In a sign of the times, 37 per cent of those surveyed in the UK revealed that, if their employer offered to pay the cost of living increase, they would be more likely to remain in their existing role.

It is also increasingly clear that career progression has a big impact on worker attitudes with 81 per cent in the UK saying that they would be more likely to stay in their organisation if they had better opportunities for internal promotion or sideways moves, suggesting that companies can improve retention levels with training and development. With 65 per cent of UK respondents saying they would be in some way confident of finding a new job in the current environment, promoting talent mobility and reinforcing investments made in career development is timely.

“Developing a robust strategy for the future of work is a challenge for every employer,” said Abakar Saidov, co-founder and CEO at Beamery. “Worker attrition levels remain high which means people are still thinking with their feet in terms of how they want to work, and where. With vacancies at an all time high, the most talented employees are likely to opt for a flexible approach to working.

“Perhaps more importantly,” he added, “the best employers will become those that develop talent internally – examining how their existing workforce can fill future skills gaps, giving team members the opportunity to capitalise on learning adjacent skills and making sideways moves or achieving promotions.”

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More