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SURVEY:
THE CASE FOR
OFFICE SPACE


How Buildings Need to Change to Suit a
Climate-Conscious, COVID-Weary Workforce

SURVEY BY 104 West
06/30/2021

74% OF EMPLOYEES WOULD CONSIDER LEAVING THEIR JOB IF THEIR OFFICE HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY EXPECTATIONS GO UNMET.

 

A LARGE MAJORITY (83%) BELIEVE THAT THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THE IMMINENT CLIMATE CRISIS, PLAY A DIRECT ROLE IN THEIR HEALTH.

After more than a year of working from home, employees have grown accustomed to its comfort and flexibility. Now that the looming health crisis is beginning to be brought under control, companies want their employees back in the office, but many employees are reluctant to return. Both business leaders and employees agree that since shifting to remote work company productivity has largely gone unchanged, in fact, in many cases, it has improved.

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Employees, for the first time in their careers, are holding leverage over their leaders. They are willing to return to the office if certain changes are made — if those changes aren’t made, they’re willing to work somewhere that will make those changes. Employers realize the extraordinary circumstances they are in; in an economy where there are more jobs than workers can fill, they need to attain and retain talent.

Decision-makers can either work to accommodate the requests of their employees, or they can lose them. Their employees will not settle for the offices they once had – they’ve converted a temporary remote work situation into a remote career. Employers are being forced to make a case for the office. If they don’t, they will have to face costly attrition and a diminished workforce in a worker’s economy.

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NEXT Energy Technology conducted a survey to investigate how companies are managing this difficult process. We surveyed more than 450 remote employees and more than 150 senior managers and C-suite decision-makers across business verticals. The results show employees are coming to the table with strong convictions for what the next era of in-person work should look like.

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