Uncovering Return to Office Trends & Statistics

August 10th, 2023
7 mins to read
Uncovering Return to Office Trends & Statistics

Explore the latest Return to Office (RTO) trends and statistics shaping the future workforce. Understand the impact of Zoom and remote work dynamics on office returns.

Approximately 71% of GenZ (aged 18-24) would consider looking for a new job if their employer insisted on returning to the office full-time. Only 61% of 35-to-44-year-olds and 56% of 45-to-54-year-olds agree.

As the workforce has shifted + thrived during the pandemic there are many reconsiderations made to enforce hybrid and mixed work models to create a “Balanced” return to office for all companies. As we have learned from our findings, return to office impacts and how it still supports the working culture in the future. 

As we dig deep, the concept of returning to the office will see a change in working habits, working environment, and work culture.

61% of employees wish to have remote work as their permanent employment.  

Why Are Return To Office Trends Important To Know?

It's critical to new findings of RTO Trends that “Return to Office '' is inevitable because there are remote employees that are happy having hybrid workplace regulations and policies in place that would be adaptable. 

As offices accelerated the past year has given us what future workplaces are going to look like and reimagined more options to prioritize for employees to connect with the vision and mission of the company that is looking to aim for value. 

Critical Findings and Insightful Questions 

  1. Employee Attitudes Towards Returning to Work
  2. Employers' Perspectives on Returning to Work

Companies need to manage the correct workflow before, during, and after the pandemic, mandating all hybrid work policies in an actionable plan for all employees to learn to adapt to “new” RTO habits and other key concepts. 

Why & What Are Work Trends Important To Companies? 

Here are stats for Employee Attitudes Towards Returning to Work: 

  • 86% of employees prefer to work from home at least two days per week.
  • 60% of employees said they would prefer to work remotely on a regular basis to avoid interacting with their colleagues.
  • 64% of Americans who work remotely will continue to do so, with 61% claiming a better work-life balance.
  • 17% of remote employees have relocated and are no longer able to access the office immediately.

Here are stats for Employers' Perspectives on Returning to Work:

  • Only 4% of companies have mandated that everyone return to work full-time.
  • Executives expect that at least half of their employees will work from home, according to 75% of them.
  • A company's culture should be preserved, according to 68% of CEOs, by having regular employees work at least three days per week.
  • Hybrid work patterns are permitted in 90% of companies.
  • 51% of managers say their companies will consider pay reductions for individuals who refuse to return to work.

One of the popular trends that every company has been updating is whether startups are creating “incentives” to bring back the return to the office and a hybrid work model to meet in person. This trend has resulted in food and beverages at 56% and creating social events for internal company meetings at 42%

Stats and Trends Captured from Washington Post, Forbes, & Kudoboard 

Hybrid and Remote Work Development 

As companies grow the concept of “HYBRID” and “REMOTE” are common terms in 2023 since the work development after the pandemic looks at: 

  • Hybrid Work 
  • Remote working is the new normal 
  • Space Management - Office & Workspace Redesigning 
  • Thriving company culture 
  • Mental Health and Well-Being of the Company - meanings its employees 

This is more towards how the company connects with their employees to bring their vision and mission back to enlighten return to the office with both hybrid and remote work models combined into ONE. 

With remote and hybrid models providing flexibility but also posing new difficulties, the pandemic has expedited the rapid transformation of work. Employers and employees must negotiate these obstacles by adopting creative work arrangements, investing in technology, employee well-being, and sustaining a strong business culture. 

This will assist companies in developing a resilient workforce prepared for future problems and challenges.

Current Focus 

The Current NEWS on ZOOM has officially stated and expected all their employees to Return to the office. ZOOM is officially clearly saying remote work doesn’t work in some ways but in-person meetings leave a huge impact on employees and clients. 

Here are a few resources for your insights:

  1. Even Zoom Is Making People Return to the Office
  2. What does Zoom's moves on RTO mean for the future of work?
  3. Zoom staff move to hybrid schedule
  4. Zoom Begins Requiring Employees to Return to the Office

Does ZOOM have a smooth transition in place for their employees to easily return to the office? How well will their feedback be from their own employees? 

There are unanswered questions to be answered by ZOOM but let's what is more to happen.

Aqsa Aamir
Aqsa Aamir

Aqsa Aamir is a Digital Strategist at Litespace and has a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management. Aqsa has experience in several areas of business and digital strategy. Aqsa's proficiency in creating hybrid work tactics to offer guidance in content planning. Her current focus is on hybrid work models and culture building in marketing. 

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