A major Ipsos report concludes that three days a week is optimal for key aspects of workplace culture and performance

Ipsos Karian and Box research finds that three days of office working per week is optimal for key aspects of employee engagement and workplace culture.

Making the Case for the Office - and Ipsos Karian and Box reportIpsos Karian and Box has today released a new research report highlighting employee experience of hybrid working.

Critically, the report provides empirical analysis into the impact that hybrid and remote working are having on employee experience, workplace culture and performance.

The report is based on a survey of a representative sample of 1,400 full-time UK office workers.
It found that while most employees do not want to work full-time in the office, spending three days a week strikes the right balance for both workers and their employers.
Key findings from the report include:

  • Employees who spend three days a week in the office are more likely to have career development conversations with their manager and generate new ideas.
  • Employee engagement is 12 points higher if employees spend 3-4 days in the office compared to working exclusively or mostly from home.
  • Those working four days a week from their employer’s office experience faster decision making and greater transparency.
  • 53% of 18–24-year-olds report feeling always or frequently lonely and learn less critical skills if they work less than three days a week in the office.
  • The report also shows that only two in five employees are currently working five days a week in the office – with 45% spending a mix of 1-4 days there.

As other studies have shown, employees reported commuting time and costs as the biggest barriers to being in the office more often.

Based on the data, the report recommends that three days a week in the office provides the ideal combination of in-person collaboration, innovation, and career development opportunities while still giving employees flexibility and a work-life balance.

Ghassan Karian, chief executive of Ipsos Karian and Box, said:

In the responses to our survey, three days in the office came out as the optimum solution. It strikes the right balance that realises the benefits of office working for both employer and employee, while also giving individuals the ability to think, work and manage their home lives in a flexible way.

Download the Ipsos Karian and Box report