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Are you intending to return to the office before 2021?

One in three British workers does not think they will be back in their office or other workplace until at least next year, according to a new survey.

Twenty-five per cent of staff said they expect to return to their place of work in 2021, while 8% said they are likely to work from home indefinitely.

Many Britons, especially those with office jobs, switched to working from spare rooms and kitchen tables across the country when the coronavirus pandemic forced the country into lockdown earlier this year.

But 45% of the 4,001 workers polled by YouGov said they expect to be back in the office before the end of December.

Just over a fifth of employees were unsure when they would return.

Vivek Dodd, chief operating officer of e-learning and compliance company Skillcast, which commissioned the research, said: “This latest study shows that working from home will remain with us for the foreseeable future.

“These are warning signals for companies to invest in strengthening measures to support their remote workers and manage their compliance risks.”

Staff at bigger companies – those with more than 250 employees – were more likely to think it could be a while before they are back in the office.

Only 42% expect to return this year, and 30% say next year is more likely.

This compares with small companies with between 10 and 49 staff, where 55% expect to be back this year, and 13% say next year.

More than half of workers – 56% – said their employer is telling them to continue to work from home.

Only 9% said they are being prevented from returning to the office because of uncertainty over when schools will reopen.

Four in five said they would prefer to regularly do at least one day a week from the comfort of their own homes, while an additional 7% would like the flexibility to work from home when needed.

– YouGov surveyed 4,001 adults between July 23 and August 5 in an online poll of people selected from its database of more than 800,000.

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Are you intending to return to the office before 2021?

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viking
6 days ago
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Having now taken part in a few Zoom interactions, I can quite see the advantages of this system over going into the office with it's current dangers.
What I like most , is to be able to put a piece of paper over the webcam and blow raspberries at someone that is being obstreperous.
ArtfulDodger
29th Aug 2020
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I think that some people will work from home permanently, having discovered that its do-able and saves all those hours of commuting. It remains to be seen what proportion of office workers will go back, but I think we are seeing a seismic shift in where such work is carried out.
eddien4
23rd Aug 2020
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I’m expecting to be ‘invited’ back to the office in the next month or so, or at least that’s my employer’s current plan. If it’s entirely up to me (which they tell me it is) I’ll stay working from home until next year . I’m 60 now so ideally I’d work from home until I eventually retire or they make me redundant, which is the more likely of the two! My work from home set up isn’t ideal due to lack of space but I’m making it work and it’s miles better than an hour’s commute. In truth, I’ve not been venturing too far, not through any fear of covid particularly but just haven’t felt the need to.
sparrer
22nd Aug 2020
0
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My office is at home so there's no escape!
viking
20th Aug 2020
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Maybe with so many working from home now and in the future, this might mean that railway passenger numbers will fall dramatically.
One might see season ticket prices reduced ??? Flying pigs ??
£5,000 London to Brighton season ticket ?? Enough said, but really this country has perhaps the most expensive ticket prices in Europe.
Munsterlander
18th Aug 2020
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I have not worked in an office for about 15 years and would hate it to work in them again. So pointless and petty. the sooner the robots take over all the dross and dull jobs the better.
Lionel
18th Aug 2020
3
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My last working day in an office was in spring 1974. Walked out and went farming. Best thing I ever did.

Go back. Never, I've really lived ever since.
viking
23rd Aug 2020
1
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Nearly didn't live last year ! Just missed getting squashed by the latest giant sugar beet machine ! Barley is OK, but make the beet machines smaller please !!
Lionel
24th Aug 2020
0
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Viking, many farm machines are now wider than the standard carriageway on roads. We live in a hamlet on a single track road. You can imagine the chaos when a combine harvester with it's front wheels/tracks in the hedgerows comes at you. Just as well I can ably reverse, many can't.

People leave the cities for the peace and quiet of the countryside. Ha! That's a myth to rival the best the Greeks came up with. But still, I would not now move to a town.
RichardI9
17th Aug 2020
2
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We all need to go back and support the economy, or there will not be work.
Skimbo
18th Aug 2020
2
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I agree but at 81 I am too nervous to venture out for a meal yet.
Bald123
17th Aug 2020
4
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I was doing a bit of paperwork but to be honest I am being weaned off work so quite happy to spend the rest of my career at home
gaultiergirl
17th Aug 2020
6
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Ive been on furlough since the end of March and have not heard from my employer if I will be going back

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