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Work From Home vs Work From Office: Which Do Tech Workers Prefer?

Work from home vs work from office
Do tech workers think WFH is so last year?

Since the pandemic, conventional wisdom has been that employees favour remote working. But new research commissioned by Eden Scott suggests that in the tech industry at least, that’s no longer the case.

In a survey of 500 tech workers from across the UK, we asked which working environment they preferred. While only 12% chose a full return to the office, an even smaller 9% wanted to work remotely all the time. 

Check out our findings below:

So, what does this mean for the future of work from home vs work from office in the tech industry? We explore below.

We’re not going back to ‘normal’

Some tech companies have returned to 100% office-based working -  X (FKA Twitter) being a notable example. X isn’t alone - in returning to the office. Many of the major tech companies have introduced mandatory office hours, including Amazon and Meta (3 days per week), and Netflix (2 days per week). Somewhat ironically, video conferencing tech company Zoom ordered workers living within 50 miles of one of their offices to work in person at least twice a week.

However, the pre-pandemic norm of 100% office-based working isn’t popular with workers. Only 12% of tech workers want a full return to the office. Exclusively office-based roles are unlikely to become the norm again in the near future. 

Hybrid: the happy medium

Over a third (34%) of tech workers preferred a down-the-middle split between office and remote working environments. 

We’ve certainly noticed more of an appetite among tech candidates for hybrid roles than in previous years. Anecdotally, that’s because of the social benefits of working with others. Plus, it offers flexibility - employees can leave work behind at the office, or choose to work hours that suit them remotely.

More office, less remote 

Given the choice between more office or more remote working, tech workers favoured an office-based working environment.

Tech workers’ roles are collaborative. Their work needs to be agile and fast-paced to quickly solve problems. This is where in-person discussions can be advantageous. 

How to hybrid: Flexible offices

We’ve seen many companies transition to smaller office set-ups - including Eden Scott. We don’t have a minimum requirement to work from the office, but most of our team tends to work from the office twice or three times a week, in addition to meetings and social events. With fewer members of the team at work every day, we decided we needed fewer desk stations, and more breakout spaces for in-person team and client meetings.

We’ve also seen some companies renting private office space in a co-working facility. In this set-up, organisations will typically ask their team to book desk time in advance, and attend in-person meetings a set-number of times a month. Some also have minimum in-office working requirements. 

Work from home vs Work from office

While tech workers don’t want a full return to the office just yet, they’re moving away from a fully remote approach too. In line with tech worker preferences, we’re likely to see hybrid setups become more commonplace. Minimum weekly in-person hours are quickly becoming the norm.

What’s next?

Need help attracting the best tech candidates? We’re here to help. Learn more about the Eden Scott tech team or contact us today.

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