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Contractor Umbrella News: More workers want to continue working from home

Latest figures show that there has been a drastic reduction in the number of workers who want to return to the office, with many having concerns about health and safety measures in the workplace.

The study, carried out by Totaljobs, found that less than half the number of workers want to return to their physical workspace compared to an earlier survey carried out in June (25% vs 49%).

Of those surveyed, 20% said that they do want to get back into work, while 38% want to wait until the end of the year.

Jon Wilson, CEO of Totaljobs, commented, “Today’s figures from Totaljobs show that workers retain serious concerns for their overall safety and welfare as we move into the Autumn/Winter period.

“People who return to work in the coming weeks must continue to have reassurance from their employer that their health – and that of their colleagues and family members – is being put first.

“During times of non-stop change like these, it is understandable that employees are seeking as much stability and predictability as possible. If employers are unable to tune into the mindsets of their staff, they could fall short on planning and communication, meaning serious consequences in the long run with trust and loyalty.”

Wilson added, “Totaljobs research has previously shown that a quarter of workers have become more loyal to their current employer on account of a considered response to the Covid-19 crisis.

“That is why regular, clear and transparent communication between employers and their teams is essential now, more than ever.”

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