Thursday 22 July 2021 10:03 am

London’s younger workers lead charge back to the office

Younger workers in London are more eager to get back to the office compared to their older counterparts, according to new figures published today.

Research from Workspace shows 77 per cent of workers aged between 18-34 in the capital are looking forward to coming back to the office, compared to half of staff aged 35 and over.

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The higher propensity to return to the office among younger workers is likely being driven by this group wanting to establish strong social and professional relationships with their colleagues.

71 per cent are excited about after-work drinks and 77 per cent of this age group are keen to get amidst the “buzz of the office” again.

Younger workers are more likely to be living in smaller houses or flats, meaning working from home can often be uncomfortable and difficult.

Having more space to work may be driving higher receptiveness to return to the office among this group.

Will Abbott, chief customer officer at Workspace, said: “Whilst WFH is rightly here to stay in some form, we mustn’t forget what makes WFW so rewarding. Work and the connections we create through it are important, particularly in the formative years of our careers.”

“As London’s workers safely return to their offices, businesses and their teams will welcome the spontaneity, social interaction and collaboration that working together, in person, brings.”

The chairman of NatWest, Sir Howard Davies, said yesterday that he does not think the City will ever return to normal once Covid subsides due to workers being reluctant to come into the office for 8am – 6pm working days.

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Figures published this week also show one in 10 Londoner’s plan to never commute again.