SUPPLY CHAIN COMMUNITY OFFICE vs HOME WORKING PREFERENCES REPORT
MAY 2020

We surveyed 202 supply chain professionals.

QUESTION 1

“Assuming you had the resources at home to make it work comfortably, when the Coronavirus lockdown has COMPLETELY lifted, how many days a week would you like to return to working in the office vs working from home?”

  • Overall, the average preference was to work 2.3 days per week in the office.  This varied by location, with those of you in London averaging 2.1, while the rest averaged 2.4.

  • These numbers are below the average results seen from workers from other functions.

QUESTION 2

"Considering your answer to the last question, would you prefer all of your colleagues to be in the office on the same days, or for everyone to choose for themselves?"

  • The answers to this question did not vary greatly by seniority or location of contributor. Supply chain professionals expressed greater desire for flexibility than other functions, where the result is closer to 50:50.

COMMENTS – PERCEIVED BENEFITS AND CONCERNS

The comments left by participants followed the themes found in other survey participants.  Consistently, perceived benefits have outnumbered perceived concerns by 3:1.

The main perceived benefits of a blended office/home working model can be summarised as:

  • Better work/life balance

  • More productive at the job

  • Reduced commute

  • Improves health and wellbeing

  • Reduces costs

 

The main perceived concerns of a blended office/home working model can be summarised as:

 

  • Impact on colleague relationships

  • Loss of culture

  • Challenges around staff training and onboarding

  • Reduced immediate feedback

PARTICIPANT DATA

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