The POS survey results

20 Oct 2020

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In September we conducted a survey to find out how working patterns have changed since lockdown. The results are in and we now have a much clearer picture of what people like and dislike about working from their home or office, and how employers can make their workplace more attractive to staff.

Only three quarters of the Guernsey workforce are back in the office full time after lockdown according to a survey by POS Interiors.

In the second survey of its type we sought to get a picture of how the island’s workforce found their working from home experience and what changes could improve their office life.

Respondents were asked to choose their top three benefits from working from home and the vast majority (71.72%) cited one of their three as not having to commute. This was followed by having more time with family (50.34%) and not having to get dressed for work (47.59%).

The top two negatives (asked in the same way) were having an uncomfortable workspace at home (55.15%) and being isolated (54.41%). A lack of productivity wasn’t an issue for islanders working from home. It came in last place as a drawback of working from home (19.85% of respondents chose it) and, in fact, more than two fifths said they felt they were more productive working from home.

The prospect of a second wave in Guernsey doesn’t seem to be a concern in relation to the thought of working from home again. A resounding 76.19% were either relaxed or neutral about the idea, with half of those saying they were all set up to work from home.

While a large majority are back at work full time, more than three fifths (61.33%) of those we questioned said they actually preferred the flexibility of working from home and the office. Too much noise in the office came out top when asked what could be done to make their office more attractive. This was followed by better IT equipment and green spaces.

Questions about the role of the office raised some interesting results; perhaps surprisingly a huge 86% said its role was to be a place where you can feel like part of a team. In second place was being a place to collaborate and strategise (74.67%), while just 28% see it as somewhere to solely do work.

For the full results, click here