As the hybrid office scenarios continue to be explored – and rolled out – by many procurement teams in Australia, research reveals employees expect support for their home set-up costs.
Research from national office product company COS revealed with the rising costs of living putting pressure on hip pockets, more than half of employees expect their employers (62%) to cough up for home set-ups – even if working from home is no longer a requirement.
The study of over 1,000 Australian office workers found that nearly half (44%) are still working from home in 2023, with one quarter (25%) hybrid and one in five (19%) fully remote.
COS found despite almost half the population working full-time or part-time at home, almost 40% don’t have a dedicated WFH set-up. Furthermore, 44% stated they hadn’t been provided a work-from-home (WFH) set-up.
Employees being enticed with incentives
Belinda Lyone, Co-CEO of COS, said while many companies may prefer their staff to come into the office more, it was being met with resistance in some sectors. Belinda said the research uncovered a few ways to entice employees back. “This includes; increased salary (50%), reimbursement for travel costs (36%), incentives, team drinks and lunches (28%), and an inspiring work environment (25%),” she said.
Mike Ward Managing Director for procurement recruiters Pragma Resourcing, said the Sydney procurement workforce is gradually returning to the office – with other capital cities gradually expected to follow the trend.
“One consistent theme is the speed at which Sydney is moving back to pre-covid office vs work from home practices, whereas Melbourne appears slower to bounce back,” he said.
“Acknowledging the sweeping generalisation, Sydney likely represents the future norm but it will be (quite understandably) a longer road out of the lockdown mindset for Melbournians.”
According to COS, the average Australian is spending $450 on their at-home work setup.
Of the workers surveyed, support was expected for the following:
• Laptops (78%)
• Office supplies such as paper, notebooks and pens (66%)
• A monitor (64%)
• A chair (58%)
• A printer (51%)
In an effort to boss the office returns, property developer Mrivac has allowed employees to have a say and design their own office space which it says has led to an uptick in productivity.