14 Insights from 10+ Surveys on Return to Work

How does Return to Work survey data correlate to employee engagement and resilience

return to work insights

Future of work is hi-flex

95% of employees want some control over how, when and where they work

Source: Workplace Intelligence and Savanta, Inc. survey Feb 2021

80% of employees want some form of hybrid work

Source: Microsoft 2021 Work Trend Index

70% of employees want to work remote for  at least 2 days/week

Source: Stanford SWAA March 2021

75% of employees would give up at least one workplace benefit or perk for the freedom to choose their work environment

Source: Workplace Intelligence and Savanta, Inc. survey Feb 2021

Remote work is effective

87% of employees found remote working same or better than expected

Source: Stanford SWAA March 2021

80% of employees reported same or higher productivity working remotely

Source: Stanford SWAA March 2021

67% of employees view remote work as a benefit or extra pay

Source: Stanford SWAA March 2021

Compared to one year ago, 39 percent of people in our study said they are more likely to be their full, authentic selves at work

Source: Microsoft 2021 Work Trend Index

“People who interacted with their coworkers more closely than before — by meeting their children and pets over video, or even sharing a cry — not only experienced stronger work relationships (+12%), but also reported higher productivity (+23%) and better overall wellbeing (+9%)”

Source: Microsoft 2021 Work Trend Index

The Case for Change

Engagement – Globally, employee engagement decreased by 2 points to 20% in 2020

Source: Gallup 2021 global workplace study

Resilience – Only 15% of workers globally are Highly Resilient

Source: ADP Research Institute Global Workplace Study 2020

Stress – 43% of global employees (57% in US & Canada) experienced stress during a lot of the previous day

Source: Gallup 2021 global workplace study

Burnout – Burnout is widespread — 54% of workers said they are overworked, 39% said exhausted

Source: Microsoft 2021 Work Trend Index

The Great Resignation – 41% of those surveyed said they’re mulling leaving their jobs

Source: Microsoft 2021 Work Trend Index

Flex or Quit – 54% would consider quitting their job if not given some form of flexibility in where and when they work

Source: Gallup 2021 global workplace study

Data is clear

People are speaking up

Is your company listening?

Surely we can and must do better


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