Recent research has highlighted that spending three days a week in the office provides the most favourable hybrid working arrangement for both cultural and performance outcomes.

The study, which analysed the experiences of 1,400 full-time, desk-based workers, revealed that employees who operate from the office for three days are more inclined to engage in career development talks with their supervisors and foster new ideas.

Conversely, those present for four days can make swifter decisions when encountering challenges or opportunities. Moreover, they’re more inclined to concur that the decision-making procedures are clear.

A noteworthy observation from the research conducted by employee engagement agency, Ipsos Karian and Box, is that 67 percent of the full-time, desk-based workforce spends at least three days weekly at their employer’s premises.

Interestingly, two out of every five of these individuals are full-time office workers.

However, only 50 percent of those surveyed were committing to their desired number of days in the office. This data suggests a disconnect, indicating that many organisations’ hybrid working protocols might not be addressing employee preferences adequately.

Ghassan Karian, the CEO of Ipsos Karian and Box, commented:

“From the feedback gathered, a three-day office routine emerged as the ideal choice. This pattern seems to harness the advantages of office-centric roles for both the company and its staff. Simultaneously, it allows employees the flexibility to work, think, and manage their domestic responsibilities seamlessly.”

The research further points out that when employers offer their personnel flexibility regarding their office days, a mere 35 percent choose to work between two to four days on-site. In situations where employers dictate specific days, the number jumps to 60 percent.

Interestingly, only 27 percent of respondents are under employers offering a fully flexible hybrid working model. This particular group showed the highest propensity to endorse their company as an excellent workplace. In contrast, those with a rigid working arrangement or a predominant office presence were less enthusiastic about recommending their employer.

Regarding the benefits of remote working, 37 percent of respondents acknowledged improved work-life balance as a primary advantage. This was followed by reduced commuting expenses (34%), more adaptable scheduling (33%), and a pleasant working ambience (24%).

A critical observation was that increased remote working leads to decreased work-related stress. Only 36 percent of remote workers felt persistently stressed at work, compared to 45 percent of hybrid employees and 40 percent of exclusive office-goers. Nevertheless, a challenge that emerged is the heightened feeling of isolation among younger employees working predominantly from home.

Get the research here.