More than two years from the point when remote work trends were all the rage in many industries, we surveyed over 1,000 workers in each of three key countries (US, Canada and the UK) to get a fresh perspective on where they prefer to take care of business. 

What Motivates More: Bigger Paychecks or the Ability to WFH?

When thinking about their current job, the majority in each country (59-63%) would choose a 10% raise over the ability to work remotely 50% of the time. When picking between a 15% raise and the ability to WFH 100% of the time, 68% in the UK and 63% in the US & Canada would opt for the higher payday.

The majority would choose a 15% raise over the ability to work remotely 100% of the time.

“Show Me the Money…and Also Give Me More Autonomy”

Over eight-in-ten in the US, UK & Canada strongly/somewhat agree that due to inflation, companies should be giving proper raises to all employees (84-86%). Also, despite the data in the above section, at least three-in-four concur that commuting to work takes time that could be better spent getting work done at home (76-78%).

Around eight-in-ten workers in three countries agree that commuting is time better spent working at home.

Remote Work Trends Better When it Comes to Productivity

Less than four-in-ten in each country agree that the most productive work is done in an office (35-38%). Additionally, the majority feel that if companies are requiring lower-level workers to come into the office, upper management should also have similar attendance requirements (79-82%).

Less than four-in-ten agree that the most productive work is done in an office.

Do Office Perks Make a Difference?

Employees want their companies to offer bells & whistles to make going into the office more appealing (57%-67%), especially those 40 & under (66-73%). Top perks viewed as enticing regardless of age, are flexible hours/the ability to come into the office for a partial day, reimbursement for commuting costs, free lunches and/or fully stocked kitchens. Additionally, Gen Z & Millennial workers (aged 40 & younger) tend to express more interest in the office offering day care stipends, on-site babysitting services and/or an on-site gym.

Are the Younger Generations Leading the Charge in Asking for Workplace Flexibility?

The majority in each country feel companies should give employees the option to work fully remote (64% in the US, 65% in the UK, 73% in Canada) as well as allow employees to decide how often they go into the office (59% in the US, 68% in Canada, 69% in the UK), with Gen Z & Millennials most avid in both regards.

Gen Z + Millennial workers are more apt to want autonomy on where they work from.

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