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Sodexo Research Says UK Employees Still Prefer Remote Working

Sodexo Research Says UK Employees Still Prefer Remote Working
04 July 2023

New research from Sodexo shows that the majority of workers are happy with working in a hybrid pattern.

Two thirds of those surveyed said they were satisfied with their current working pattern. 58 per cent continue to work a hybrid pattern, however 36 per cent stated they would come into the office more to connect with other people.

71 per cent of those questioned stated the greatest satisfaction in their workplace experience was from team spirit and collaboration. 36 per cent said they would like the opportunity to socialise, a similar number (35 per cent) noted that they would like to be offered free or subsidised commuting, and 23 per cent said the same about food.

Sodexo’s new Work Experience Tracker research, conducted in collaboration with YouGov, revealed that out of the 3,000 respondents in the UK 1 in 5 were dealing with poor mental and physical health, 20% are quiet quitters and 23 per cent stated they wanted to quit.

Julie Ennis, CEO Corporate Services at Sodexo UK & Ireland said: “Interestingly the tracker research shows us that 43% of workers are only somewhat satisfied with their workplace experience. This is a risk for employers as these workers could move to become quiet quitters, but why is this group being overlooked? The question we need to ask ourselves is what piece of the puzzle are we missing?”


Sustainable Workplaces a Priority


The final cornerstone for building a future-proof workplace is sustainability. Sodexo’s Work Experience Tracker examined the drivers around employment choices and found that 78 per cent of those surveyed find sustainability personally important and half of respondents expecting their employer to act responsibly.

Specifically, responsible energy use, waste management and reduction of plastic usages at workplace are the top three expectations from employees.

At a recent summit held by Sodexo Corporate Services, CEO Julie Ennis and special guest renowned futurist Anne Lise Kjaer discussed the research and what factors business leaders need to consider to future-proof their workplaces at a recent virtual summit.

Anne Lise Kjaer is CEO and founder of Kjaer Global which has been providing businesses and governmental institutions with insights to drive new models for innovation for three decades. 

Anne Lise shared her predictions to simplify the complex trends of future, business and innovation.  She shared with the attendees her thoughts on tomorrow’s futureproof organisations being those that realise the future is now and which are adopting an approach which factors in people, planet, purpose alongside profit.  

Picture: a photograph of four people working together at a desk. Two of the people have drinks, one is using a laptop and the other has a tablet. Image Credit: Sodexo

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 04 July 2023


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