Londoners have been working longer hours during lockdown, according to Savills Office FiT survey, with 45% of London respondents working for up to three hours more per day than they would in the office.
The survey, which explores how people have responded to working from home and what the future impacts on office space might be, was sent to 65,000 clients in late April.
On average Londoners have a longer commute to work than those in other UK cities, with Savills research showing 70% of Londoners spend between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours (one way) travelling. When you remove the time spent commuting from the equation, Savills data suggests Londoners are able to use their time more productively.
Yet, the firm points out, Londoners do not want their commute removed entirely, with 88% believing a physical office is necessary in the future with the option to work from home when required. Savills Office FiT results point to a preference of one to two days working from home each week which was favoured by 57%.
The survey found Londoners could carry out individual tasks, focused work and reading better at home, while working in the office came out best for maintaining a daily routine and structure, fostering a sense of belonging within a business, career development, group work and team meetings.
Philip Pearce, executive director and head of the Central London office agency at Savills said, “The buildings we occupy and the ways in which we work can greatly impact health and wellbeing and in recent years leading landlords and occupiers have been working to improve overall impact.
“As a business you may be able to offer your employees the very best-in-class building, but you are asking them to endure what might be a stressful commute five days a week in order to work.
“What the Office FiT results show us is that the benefit of balancing office and home working in London, and thus the commute, is two-fold – improving staff satisfaction and increasing dedicated desk time that would have otherwise been spent travelling.
“We were already moving towards greater flexibility in the offices sector and businesses need to adapt to accelerate these changes.”