New research has revealed that 59% of exhibition organiser employees would rather split their work time between home and the office when businesses are permitted to reopen.
The employee survey, conducted by ESP Recruitment in association with EN and sister publication Conference News, shows a shift in employee attitudes towards returning to work in offices. Results also show that 53% of venue and 41% of supplier employees would prefer flexible working conditions.
When asked if employees feel they are being paid what they think are worth, around half agreed. When employers were asked the same question, over 70% said they were paying their staff the appropriate wage.
The survey has also revealed that 67% of employees would like more flexible working hours compared to 32% when the survey was carried out in 2015.
Of the 929 respondents 11% of staff working for exhibition organisers reported that they have been furloughed, compared to 48% of supplier and 24% of venue employees. Almost half of those working for organisers have reported a salary drop of up to 20% compared to just 28% of venue employees.
Liz Sinclair, director at ESP Recruitment, and who collated the results, noted the shift in attitudes to work since lockdown. She said: “From experience, the majority of staff didn’t enjoy working from home as they missed the office culture and social aspect of work, and not everyone can motivate themselves at home. This seems to have changed since having this situation forced on us by Covid-19.
“Now, people have found a way to efficiently work from home and with the use of technology, you can still have the social- and team-focused aspects of your day. As staff aren’t spending time travelling to work, employers might even get more hours out of their staff from home as they don’t have to rush off to catch a train or deal with childcare.
“It seems that staff will want this flexibility to continue after lockdown, which employers should consider, as happy staff are generally more productive.”