Only one in four workers say their employer actually fostered company culture during Covid, survey finds

Only a quarter of workers think their employer has been effective in fostering a company culture since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a report has found, with experts blaming remote work.

The poll of 2,500 UK workers, conducted by OC Tanner, found that just 26% say their organization has been particularly effective in building a company culture since the start of the pandemic.

Similarly, the vast majority of respondents (83%) said they recognized the value of the office in creating a company culture, with nearly three in five (58%) saying the workplace was where they tied the knot. more friendships.

A similar proportion (63%) said it was more difficult to form friendships with colleagues when working remotely, and half (53%) said their organization was effective at providing employees with opportunities to know each other personally.

The report also found that only a third (33%) of respondents said their organization had been effective at facilitating team collaboration since the onset of Covid, while 28% said it had been effective at increasing social relations between employees.

However, most respondents agreed that working in the office five days a week was not necessary for company culture, with only 8% of respondents agreeing with this.

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Two days a week was seen as the best balance, supported by one in five respondents (20%). Conversely, one day a week at the office was the least popular option, supported by only 6%.

The report comes as the government has just announced the return of ‘work from home’ guidelines in England, following concerns over the spread of the new Omicron variant.

Robert Ordever, Managing Director of OC Tanner Europe, said the results showed that working in the office was positive for collaboration, innovation and connection. “The office is essential for facilitating social interaction, storytelling and creating memories, all of which nurture a strong work culture,” he said.

Ordever added that a transition to full remote working should be avoided in the interests of both corporate culture and business: “Offices are now cultural incubators, giving employees the best opportunity to connect to the organization, to their leaders and to each other,” he said. .

The research also found that when it comes to facilitating hybrid working, clear rules about when employees should be available was the most important priority for employees, cited by 64% of respondents.

This is followed by the availability of home office equipment (63%) and the establishment of a professional development program (60%). A similar proportion (59%) also said they would appreciate being able to choose the number of days they worked remotely.