New research from smart building technology firm, Infogrid, has found over half of hybrid employees in the UK are worried about how healthy their work environments are, with 53 per cent saying they’re concerned poor air quality and ventilation will impact their general health, rising to 70 per cent amongst London-based hybrid workers.
The survey of 2,000 UK hybrid workers by OnePoll, on behalf of Infogrid, finds that hybrid workers are facing a Catch-22 moment as we enter the colder months; balancing worries over the cost of working from home with concerns about their own wellbeing in the office. To reduce personal energy use and bills at home, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) plan to increase the frequency they go into work this winter to save money as they combat the cost of living crisis. But, at the same time, they have concerns about the health and safety of these environments.
As winter approaches, one in five (21 per cent) hybrid workers are fearful about catching Covid and other bugs due to poor air quality in their workplace, with this figure rising to 24 per cent of those aged 18-34.
The research suggests that many employees feel their concerns are not being heard by employers who may be failing to realise the importance of air quality. Over a third (35 per cent) of the hybrid workforce believe that while their company is taking steps to improve air quality, they aren’t doing enough – rising again amongst the younger generation to 48 per cent.
In fact, 17 per cent of hybrid employees don’t think employers have carefully considered air quality when designing the workplace – suggesting that safe and healthy ventilation is not being taken seriously enough. One in four (25 per cent) believe clean air in the workplace should be implemented as a company policy.
The data comes from Infogrid’s Air Quality and Health in the Workplace: Key Insights and Hybrid Worker Perspectives report.
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