Working from home has damaged sense of belonging, finds research

Almost half of workers feel working from home has diminished the feeling of ‘belonging’ to an organisation, highlighting the scale of the challenge that employers face in ensuring someone feels part of their culture.

On the whole, UK workers feel they are treated well by their employer (58% quite well and 27% very well), according to research commissioned by recruitment firm Morgan Philips, but half are considering changing jobs, with 17% looking for a change in 2022.

Forty-six per cent of UK respondents work from home currently – higher than Italy (39%), Spain (32%) and Germany (28%) – but 59% felt isolated and 47% felt a diminished sense of ‘belonging’ at their organisation. Despite this, 68% of UK respondents would prefer more remote working options, behind only Spain at 72%.

Tom Gowing, managing director at Morgan Philips Specialist Recruitment, said: “The challenge businesses face is to make someone feel ‘part’ of the business, whilst affording them the office/home mix that works for them and the business itself.

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