In October 2021, Cushman & Wakefield Echinox announced the results of their “Back to the Office” survey conducted in Romania which revealed that most employees want to return to the office at least partially.
According to Cushman & Wakefield Echinox, the survey was conducted in July on a sample of approximately 500 people and covered more than 10 industries in Bucharest and the country’s main regional cities.
The survey indicated that a large share of the respondents had already returned to the office in the first half of 2021 — 43%, compared to 36% between May and December 2020. “The opening of schools and kindergartens has encouraged more employees to return to the office, especially among those over 30 who, when their children were learning online, couldn’t come to the office even if they wanted to,” commented Cushman & Wakefield Echinox Partner Madalina Cojocaru. “Moreover, young people up to 27 years old preferred to go to the office in the absence of a proper workspace at home.”
When asked if they could choose where to work from, only 10% of the employees said they want to work exclusively from home. Over a quarter of those interviewed would like to work 3 days from the office and 2 days from home, while 17% want to work only from the office.
The consulting company noted that choosing a certain work model is based, on one hand, on the benefits of working from home — the most important being saving time and money, and on the other hand on the disadvantages caused by the absence of proper office space, as well as the need for socialization and difficulties in separating working time from personal life.