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- More than half (57%) of workers are still reluctant to return to the office, this remains to be the highest rate of reluctance in Europe – down from 83% in 2021
- 67% of workers have experienced burnout, higher than the global average of 59%
- 83% of Irish employers have mandated a return to the office

Workers across Ireland are missing out on career progression opportunities, promotions and pay rises by working from home, but the majority remain reluctant to return to the office. That is according to a new report by global workplace creation experts Unispace.

Returning for Good, a Unispace Global Workplace Insights report – which combined the results of an in-depth survey of 9,500 employees and 6,650 business leaders from 17 countries worldwide – found that 80% of Irish businesses stated that pay rises, bonuses and promotions would be limited for those who do not return to the office. The perceived impact is much lower according to employees, with 60% stating that the career prospects for those not in the office would be limited.

Currently, 57% of Irish workers remain reluctant to return to the office, with 32% stating they were not happy with the lack of privacy in the workplace, while 29% simply do not see the need to be in the office.

Burnout is also a clear challenge for Irish employees—cited by 67% of workers, joint second highest globally and above the international average of 59%.

According to the study, workplaces in Ireland are not set up to support productive working. More than half (55%) of employees struggle to work effectively due to distractions in the office. The vast majority (70%) also indicated that good WiFi – which was considered the most important element of a workplace globally – was not available in the office, perhaps also making workers less inclined to be there.

Lawrence Mohiuddine, CEO, EMEA at Unispace, commented:

“The findings highlight that Irish workers remain reluctant to return to the office, having also been the most reticent workforce in Europe in our 2021 study. However, it is clear that the workplace itself does not provide workers with everything they need to do their job productively. The fact that employees are seemingly able to access better WiFi at home demonstrates that there is currently little incentive for people to head back into the office.

“If employees are happy to miss out on progression opportunities and pay rises in order to work outside of the office more regularly, it does suggest that change is needed beyond mandated returns, and Irish employers will need to put in considerable work to design more appealing spaces in the coming years with the needs of their employees’ front of mind.”

About Unispace

A strategy, design, and construction leader creating experiences for work for a rapidly changing world. Unispace is a global firm that offers a unified team solution for creating people-centric spaces with purpose – including offices, laboratories and life sciences facilities, campuses, HQs, hospitality and sports venues and retail spaces that spark brilliance, deepen connections, foster a sense of belonging and propel success. With 5,500 projects completed, a presence across 26 countries, and 700+ employees worldwide, our goal is to create spaces that spark brilliance for the people who use them – powered by collaborative client partnerships, delivered seamlessly across borders, and enabled by real-world insights.

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