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Just 3% of White Collar Workers Want a Full Office Return

  • Most want to keep flexible practices after Covid disruption
  • Survey finds enthusiasm across age groups for remote work
Just 3% of white collar workers want to return to the office five days a week

Just 3% of white collar workers want to return to the office five days a week

Photographer: Andrei Pungovschi/Bloomberg

Just 3% of white collar workers want to return to the office five days a week, according to a poll by management consultancy Advanced Workplace Associates, which warned employees will quit if bosses force them back full-time. 

A full 86% of employees want to work from home at least two days a week, the consultancy said after surveying nearly 10,000 people around the world across areas including finance, technology and energy. All age groups felt the same way, they added. Workers reported a preference for commuting into cities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, raising the prospect of empty offices for the rest of the week.