Return to work eBook: preparing your workplace for the great return to the office

Return to work eBook: preparing your workplace for the great return to the office

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The number of UK workers returning to their desks continues to rise steadily, as the Government and leading businesses urge staff to head back to the traditional office space.

Yet, after two years of remote working, and numerous delays to return-to-office plans, navigating a safe and healthy return requires a carefully orchestrated strategy, as SBFM explains in our latest eBook The workplace reconnect: How to safely navigate the return to office.

The pandemic has irreversibly changed the way we work and left a lasting impression on employee attitudes towards operating in face-to-face working environments.

With many companies still adapting to the new ways of working prompted by the pandemic, employers and their staff remain divided on the best way forward for modern working practices.

Indeed, while 50% of leaders say their company already requires or is planning to require employees to return to in-person work full-time in the next year, according to new research from Microsoft[1], more than half of staff (57%) would choose a hybrid work model, splitting work between in-office and home[2].

Despite record-high demand for remote work policies, all hope is not lost for traditional working spaces. With research indicating that 73% of UK workers would choose to work in the office most of the time, 38% preferring to work in-office full-time, and only 5% wishing to work remotely all the time[3], there remains desire and a need for physical office space.

All this is to say that, if corporations are to safely re-integrate their teams into the office – whether that is full-time or in a hybrid capacity – the key to the future success will be ensuring workers feel safe and secure in the workplace, and able to work collaboratively without fear of compromising their health and wellbeing.

Today’s employees will not only have to overcome a plethora of working models, but also new health and safety requirements that will be a fixture for the foreseeable future post-COVID.

In our eBook, The workplace reconnect: How to safely navigate the return to office, SBFM explores:

  • How addressing hygiene concerns could be central to increasing occupancy levels
  • The importance of flexible cleaning strategies for fluctuating building occupancy
  • Why cleaning operatives must be more visible in a post-lockdown working environment: visible cleaners would reassure 61% of office workers

Download our eBook to find more insights like this, and explore strategies to ensure a safe return to work: https://sb-fm.co.uk/free-ebook-cleaning-guide/


[1] https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/18/50percent-of-companies-want-workers-back-in-office-5-days-a-week.html

[2] https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252512263/Majority-of-UK-employees-prefer-hybrid-work

[3] https://tbtech.co/featured-news/hybrid-work-the-envoy-workplace-report-reveals-what-the-majority-of-uk-employees-prefer/