The way we work has changed at all levels, but the traditional office persists when it comes to working. And according to the new Clutch Survey 2018 on the future of work, more than two-thirds or 68% of workers still complete their work in a traditional office.
This survey found that desks are still the most popular work option for many businesses and employees. This is despite the fact that more Americans are now working remotely.
For small business owners who are looking at this conflicting data, it is essential to find the right balance between remote workers and clerical workers. It will depend on the industry in which you are located and the demographics of your workforce. While younger workers want a flexible work arrangement, older workers may prefer to stay in the office to do the job.
The Clutch survey was conducted with the participation of 1,003 employees whose work can be completed in an office. Respondents were 67% women and 33% men from different age groups. The Millennials (18-34) represent 35%, Generation X (35-54) 41% and Baby Boomers 23%.
As for their work arrangements, 73% were full-time employees of W2 and 12% of part-time workers who were also employees of W2. Full-time freelancers / contractors accounted for 10% and 8% freelancers / part-time contractors.
Where do employees work? Main conclusions
In the same vein as traditional offices, private offices are the most common arrangement for 38% of workers, compared to 31% for a shared office and 25% for offices. . The advantage of each type of office is highlighted in the report of Elizabeth Ballou, Content Creator & Marketer, Clutch
She says the best facilities end up being multiple workspaces with private and shared spaces.
With regard to executives, 77% of them work in a traditional office and 20% work at home.
On the other hand, employees prefer remote work options, but according to Ballou, it's because, in most cases, workers do not have access to the environment ideal work. Of those who have access to multiple work options, 62% say it's preferable or very preferable. On the other side of the spectrum, 15% say that it is not preferable or very imperfect.
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When employees work outside the office, the balance between work and personal life plays an important role since 26% said that it was the main reason for not liking traditional workspaces. Other respondents said that there were less distractions (18%), that they were wearing comfortable clothes (16%) and did not commute (11%), also playing a role to explain why they preferred to work remotely.
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To be flexible
Small business owners need to be flexible when it comes to creating the right workspace for employees today. Since there are more ways to get the job done in this digital ecosystem, you should explore all the available solutions in order to give your employees more options.
The more options they have, the easier it will be to choose your business rather than another.