Almost half of Australian workers are back in the office full time, but 71% of them want to work at least one day from home and 56% want more than one, according to a study by RMIT Online.
Factors including age, commute distance, and current office working models all affected the results, as 60% of employee respondents claimed that saving money was one of their primary reasons for not wanting to go back to the office according to the study, The Office Clash: How back to work policies are dividing management and workers.
Further, 47% said that companies need to transparently communicate the reasons for going back to the office and that businesses must listen to employees and allow individual working solutions.
From the management perspective, only 58% of managers agreed that workers can be “equally productive at home or in the office” and 24% said workers are more effective in the office — only 12% of employees thought this to be true.
RMIT Online interim CEO Claire Hopkins said that the report reveals the growing gap between workers and those in management positions, with differences of opinion on hybrid work and allowable levels of flexibility for workers.
“Whilst it may feel that our lives are