Nearly a third of workers never want to return to the office, a survey undertaken by consultant SYSTRA reveals.
Some 29% of office workers who are expecting to stay in the same or similar role no longer want to spend any time working from the office.
UK employees are expecting a more flexible way of working once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, with 45% saying they would like to change the times that they work, including their start/finish times or working their hours across fewer days, compared with before COVID-19.
Employees are expecting to be able to make these changes, with 59% believing their employer will allow the changes they want, and 40% prepared to change jobs if not allowed.
These results are from a representative survey of 1,500 adult UK residents undertaken by transport and research consultancy SYSTRA between 4-12 June 2020.
Key findings include:
Evelyn Robertson, SYSTRA’s Research Lead, said: “These findings suggest that travel behaviour may permanently be affected by the impact of Covid-19. It is imperative that transport operators adapt to ensure that passengers are still encouraged to use public transport, whilst not excluding those for whom flexible working is not an option. More research must be done to understand what passengers need to see in place to continue their more flexible public transport commute.”
Neill Birch, SYSTRA’s Director of Public Transport, says: “Public transport is well overdue a ticketing revolution. Operators will need to carefully consider how their ticketing products will appeal to a passenger base demanding more flexibility. Pricing will need to be carefully management to cover peaks which may be certain days of the week, not just times of the day.”
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