We never thought we’d get there in the middle of the WFH-depths of the pandemic, but here we are: many of us are now back in the office a couple of days a week.
It’s an opportunity to connect with colleagues, spend exorbitant amounts of money on overpriced oat milk lattes from the hipster cafe nearby, and go out for a lunch that isn’t, miraculously, something you made yourself from the sad contents of your fridge. All that has been pretty good, on balance, but finding the optimum days to actually be in the office has been a bit of a challenge.
In the absence of a lot of workplaces enforcing set days to be in, most of us are, so far, choosing our own two or three days to be at our desks. While that approach offers flexibility and a good workplace culture where people can set their own hours while getting the job done, it can backfire. You head in to do lots of team building only to find tumbleweed: all your colleagues are WFH today.
So what is the best day to be present and correct at your office desk? It seems that Wednesday is emerging as the victor, with Thursday following as a close second. In the US in March this year, an average of 46% of office workers were on site on a Wednesday, according to data from access card company Kastle Systems. That compares with only 35% on Monday.
In London, movement data captured by the O2 network showed a pattern of WFH dominating on Mondays and Fridays, but more normal levels of commuting on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
When you think about it, it makes sense: most companies want staff to be in two or three times a week and in most of those scenarios, Wednesday is in the mix. If you’re splitting your days evenly across the week or doing them mid-week, it’s the day most likely to be hit upon for even coverage.
Of course, there are downsides. If your firm has reduced its office space during the pandemic, then you’ll have to get in early to get the best desk. And thanks to Wednesday’s rise in popularity, that means more commuter crushes and queues for coffees. And if you’re not a fan of people? Then it’s also pretty clear that Wednesday is definitely the day to stay at home.
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