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How Western companies intend to fight remote work and send their employees back to offices


According to the survey, 31% of respondents only come to the office twice a week. However, three- and four-day work schedules in the office have also proven to be very popular. The survey found that three-quarters of employers have set a minimum number of days employees must report to work in person.
According to the report’s author, Paul Swinney, this way of working is beneficial for employees, as they can find a balance between work and personal life, and reduce travel costs. But for long-term employers, he saw downsides. The fact is that in a number of professions, communication between colleagues is important, and the training of young specialists is possible only in the workplace. Sweeney acknowledges that it is not yet clear whether two or three days a week will be enough for “oldies” to fully share their experience with young people. And if this time is not enough, it can lead to a drop in productivity, notes the analyst.

Following these findings, some London-based companies are calling for a policy to encourage workers to return to the office. For example, it is proposed to abolish the tariffs at peak hours on Friday mornings, as well as to launch a campaign to inform the public about the benefits of office life.

A similar situation can be observed in other cities and countries. Thus, in the United States, large companies have also defined the number of days that employees must spend in the offices. This decision was made, for example, at Alphabet, Amazon, Apple. The Big 3 require employees to come to work at least three days a week. Incidentally, Apple originally intended to return to a full-time work week, but the company was met with outrage from workers accustomed to remote work. With the help of protests and strikes, they managed to delay the general return of employees to work. As a result, the company’s management agreed to a mixed work schedule. He proposed making it compulsory to come to the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. But even here it was not possible to reach an agreement, as a result, Apple agreed that each working group should establish the work schedule in the office itself.

By the way, according to a study by Home Research, both in the United States and in Europe, the most preferred days for remote work are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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