Londoners still want a physical office

24 June 2020 | General

Nearly nine in 10 (88%) Londoners still regard a physical office as necessary in future, a Savills Office FiT survey found.

Most want a physical office with the option to work from home when required, as 57% would like to work from home 1-2 days per week.

According to Savills 45% of London employees are actually working for up to three hours more per day than they would in the office.

Londoners have a longer commute to work than those in other UK cities, as seven in 10 (70%) spend between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours (one way) travelling.

Philip Pearce, executive director and head of the Central London office agency at Savills, said: “The buildings we occupy and the ways in which we work can greatly impact health and wellbeing and in recent years leading landlords and occupiers have been working to improve overall impact.

“As a business you may be able to offer your employees the very best-in-class building, but you are asking them to endure what might be a stressful commute five days a week in order to work.

“What the Office FiT results show us is that the benefit of balancing office and home working in London, and thus the commute, is two-fold – improving staff satisfaction and increasing dedicated desk time that would have otherwise been spent travelling.

“We were already moving towards greater flexibility in the offices sector and businesses need to adapt to accelerate these changes.”

This post has originally been featured in Property Wire.