A new global business survey by Xerox shows an estimated 82 per cent of the workforce in respondents’ organizations will have returned to the workplace in 12-18 months’ time, on average.
In preparation for a return, companies are investing in new resources to support a hybrid remote / in-office workforce, with 56 per cent increasing technology budgets and 34 per cent planning to speed their digital transformation as a result of COVID-19.
The Xerox Future of Work Survey polled 600 IT decision makers including senior C-level professionals from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany and France, whose organizations have at least 500 employees.
Respondents reported challenges caused by the sudden transition to remote work, with 72 per cent citing they were not fully prepared from a technology perspective. In addition to technology (29%), the biggest pain points during the required work from home period were communication breakdown across teams/employees (26%) and maintaining focus (25%).
“While there is no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, our research found that over time many companies plan to have most employees back in an office environment. This could be for a variety of reasons, including communication, speed of decision-making and talent development,” said Steve Bandrowczak, Xerox president and chief operations officer.
“At the same time, the sudden shutdown and ongoing hybrid work environment has exposed technology gaps that require new or additional investment in the coming months.”
Check out the complete Xerox Future of Work Survey here.