IACC External Meetings Demand Report 2022

A more flexible and personalised work environment in the future

Using the results of the survey, the workweek of the respondents was shown at three different stages in time. For this question, the assumption is made that all respondents work up to 5 days a week. In table 4 below, the days spent working at home and in the office are shown pre COVID-19, during the peak of the pandemic and currently. When comparing the pre COVID-19 and during COVID-19 pie-charts a shift can be seen. While 60.5% worked 5 days in the office pre COVID-19, this switched to 67.9% of respondents working 5 days a week at home during the peak of the pandemic. In the last two pie-charts, the days spent at home and in the office are quite equally divided which might suggest companies are currently using a hybrid working model (2-3 days at home & 2-3 days in the office). This is supported by other questions in the survey; In question 25, respondents were asked to predict what their future work environment might look like. 67 out of 77 respondents see a hybrid work environment staying in the near future. Additionally, the largest portion of respondents (37 out of 77) would like to choose when they go into the office in 2022. This suggests a more flexible and personalised work environment in the future.

Table 5: Work weeks of participants, pre-, during, and post COVID-19

Few organisational changes during the pandemic

Organisational change refers to the actions in which a company or business alters a major component of its organisation. In the survey, the respondents were able to identify which changes their company made during the pandemic. The results of the survey suggest that most companies did not reduce their workforce or the salaries of their employees. 53 out of 81 respondents reported there was organisational redesign within the companies they work for. An organisational redesign can be seen when an organisation alters beliefs, attitudes, values, or structure to better adapt to new technologies, markets, and difficulties.



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