Digital jobs: is it officially time to return to the office?
As businesses worldwide gradually encourage their teams to resume regular office attendance, a hot debate has emerged: Are professionals working in digital jobs truly eager to return to the office?
The decision to bring employees back onsite has sparked discussions about its impact on productivity and work-life balance. Is the digital industry following suit?
Giants like Amazon and Apple have mandated their staff to return to the office for at least a few days per week, triggering a range of mixed reactions. Petitions have even been drafted to advocate for a return to more flexible working practices.
We delve into the arguments both for and against the return to office, shedding light on this ongoing dilemma thanks to the results from our 2023 Digital Salary Survey.
Reasons to return to the office
Although many people have got comfortable with remote and home working, some are in favour for returning to the office. Some of the reasons include…
- Social interaction – heading into the office allows more opportunity for face time and socialising, which 41% of people said they are looking for in our 2023 Digital Salary Survey.
- Improved work-life boundaries – If you work from home, you might find it challenging to set clear boundaries between your workday and personal time. The work setting can significantly impact your mental well-being, and working from home can make it hard to detach from work-related thoughts.
- Productivity – Some individuals find working from home more distracting than working in a formal office setup.
Reasons not to return to the office
Our salary survey respondents shared that 37% wouldn’t return to the office at all, but why is this?
- Flexibility – we have all gotten used to working flexibly, and the idea of reducing this is daunting. Many people now rely on the flexibility that comes with home and remote working to fit around childcare, pets etc.
- Distractions – For certain individuals, the workplace can be an environment filled with distractions, including loud music, constant phone conversations, and incessant chatter.
- Costs – The journey to and from work can incur expenses, regardless of whether you use your own vehicle or rely on public transport. Moreover, the office setting often fosters a culture of indulging in costly lunches and frequent coffee breaks.
Is it essential for digital professionals to work from the office?
Our Salary Survey report shows that 43% of digital professionals are working remotely, 52% are working in a hybrid capacity and only 5% work in the office full time.
This suggests that the digital industry is working effectively as they are, without the need to make any drastic changes in working conditions.