After months of working from home, employees refuse to choose between staying remote and going back to the office according to CBRE’s new Workforce Sentiment Survey, conducted among employees at 32 different companies in 18 countries between June 16 and August 7, 2020. Instead, they want the option to do both — and that’s just the beginning. Here are three takeaways from the survey and what they reveal about the future of work.

A New Vision of the Work Week

The majority of workers (85 percent) want to continue being remote two or three days a week, and there’s a good chance they’ll get their way. At this point, company leaders and employees agree that remote work is about as or more productive than going to the office five days a week.

However, less than a third (28 percent) of employees want to work from home full-time. Instead, what they’re after is more flexibility from their employers. They want the option to split their time between home and the office, with 62 and 61 percent respectively citing team connection and community or face-to-face collaboration as their main motivator for returning to the workplace.

A Shorter Commute

Although employees definitely want to return to the office, they may not want to return to the centralized HQ they left months ago. They’re increasingly interested in working at a location that’s closer to home, which could lead more companies to adopt a hub-and-spoke model. Another option? Letting employees work remotely but giving them access to a workplace network with locations near them.

The End of One-Size-Fits-All

Having everyone come into the same location from nine to five, five days a week, seems to be a thing of the past. Managers have realized that they can’t expect everyone to adhere to the exact same schedule from now on. Instead, most prefer a hybrid approach to the week which embraces multiple work environments — including the office and home — for all or part of their team. It’s a much more individualized way to approach the work week, one which gives employees more freedom to choose the routine or environment works best for them.