We're still not going back to the office.

 

The pandemic had a significant impact on our working and commuting patterns.

 

New research has found that workers in the UK are only going into offices for an average of 1.5 days a week.

 

According to research by Advanced Workplace Associates, only 13% of workers go to the office on Fridays.

 

They surveyed 43 offices in June and July, representing almost 50,000 staff.

 

Average attendance in the office was 29%, peaking at 39% in the middle of the week.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic forced offices in the UK to close, with workers having to work remotely.

 

Many have continued to work remotely since Covid restrictions were lifted or switched to a hybrid pattern of working remotely and occasionally in the office.

 

Before the onset of the pandemic, the research suggests that office workers would attend the office for an average of 3.8 days a week.

 

The research covers the banking, energy, engineering, healthcare, insurance and tech sectors.

 

Despite the findings, official figures show that the majority of people are not working from home.

 

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey in the Spring found that 38% of working adults reported working from home at some point in the previous seven days.

 

Advanced Workplace Associates also commented that the UK home and hybrid working pattern is broadly in line with other countries.

 

They surveyed 36 offices in 12 other countries, covering more than 27,000 people, and found people were coming into the office for an average of 1.4 days a week, compared with 3.8 days pre-pandemic.

 

Average attendance was 26%, with a peak of 35% mid-week.

 

The banking sector has the highest average office attendance, with tech experiencing the lowest.

 

The research also found that businesses with hybrid working policies experienced higher office attendance than those that specified workers should be in the office for a certain number of days a week.

 

Where employers trust their employees to set their own attendance policies, attendance was 41%, almost the same as when a three-day-a-week attendance in the office is mandated.

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