Seventy percent of the general public in the U.K. and 79 percent of business leaders believe workers will “never return to offices at the same rate as before the pandemic,” according to a survey by the BBC.
While the majority of workers want to continue working from home at least some of the time, managers are concerned that creativity in the workplace would be jeopardized, the poll found.
More than 60 percent of the general public said young people would struggle to progress in their careers without in-person mentoring and collaboration. Workers under the age of 25 have been among the hardest hit by job losses or reduced hours during the pandemic, the BBC wrote.
In addition, half of the people surveyed said women’s careers may be improved by working from home because childcare duties are less of a burden.
The poll surveyed 1,682 working adults and 530 senior business leaders.