This US focused report from Randstad provides some insight into the views of employees which I think is quite surprising. Despite living in this digital age and with a growing proportion of the workforce being millennials almost two thirds of those surveyed prefer "going to work"! That percentage is actually higher for the 18-24 age group.
The survey does reinforce the desire for flexibility, 65% of workers indicated that would like the option of occasionally from home but are not able to do so. 80% spoke positively of agile working (the ability to work anywhere, anytime) In addition a third of respondents do not think that their employer equips them effectively to work from home.
The report goes on to indicate that this flexibility provides greater access to a global and diverse workforce with the ability to be agile workers.
Despite the shift toward a more flexible workplace, 62 percent of employees prefer going to the office, according to Randstad’s latest Workmonitor survey, which tracks employee confidence and captures how likely an employee is to change jobs within the next six months. The percentage is higher among young workers, challenging the widespread perception that Millennial and Gen Z workers tend to prefer digital interactions over personal ones. Sixty-five percent of those aged 18 to 24 said they prefer working in a traditional office environment, according to the report.