A new YouGov survey of over 2,000 British adults looking into workplace wellbeing, employees’ expectations from employers, and the future of work has revealed some insights into employees’ attitudes as UK Covid restrictions ease.
The survey, commissioned by London-based startup YuLife, found that half (48%) of UK employees think that their employers have a responsibility to look after the wellbeing of their families, and three in five (62%) would feel more motivated in a workplace which prioritised both their and their family’s wellbeing.
Additional survey findings include:
- Flexible Working: among UK employees who work in an industry where working from home is possible, three-quarters (75%) want a hybrid working model combining remote work with going into the office.
- New Priorities: two in five (38%) of UK employees now think that their employers’ attitudes towards staff wellbeing will be better than before the pandemic (compared to 12% who expect it to get worse)
- Missing Benefits: although seven in ten (70%) of UK employees whose employer offers wellbeing benefits/policies say that they’re aware that these benefits exist, only 14% say that they take full advantage of workplace benefits on offer.
- Safe Space: three in five (58%) office workers would like to see social distancing retained (compared to 19% who disagree). Half (49%) want to continue with indoor face covering policies (compared to 28% who disagree).
- Prolonged Burnout: 37% of UK employees have been working more overtime since the pandemic than before (as opposed to just 9% who have been working less).
- Gyms are Back: many more UK employees plan to exercise more following the reopening than don’t plan to do so (25% versus 7% respectively).