UK workers ‘anxious’ about return to office

Almost two in five workers in the UK are anxious about returning to the office after working from home during the pandemic, new research shows.

A survey of 1,000 employees by messaging app Slack found that many were concerned that going back to the office would have a negative impact on their work-life balance, Sky News reports.

Nearly half of respondents believe that hybrid working would be best for their mental health but only one in four said they can choose if and when they work in the office.

As well concerns over work-life balance, many are reluctant to return because of the high cost of travel and food when working in the office.

Seven in 10 of those surveyed said that a four-day working week would improve their health and wellbeing.

Chris Mills, of Slack, said it was “positive” to see workers highlighting that hybrid work and technology could play an an important part in their wellbeing.

“To ensure technology continues to be an enabler of healthier workplaces, leaders can also set a good example,” Mills added.

“Building best practices, for instance on how to use features like ‘do not disturb’ and scheduled messages to avoid out of office messaging, can be a great place to start.”