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Employees are twice as likely as executives to work from the office full-time, despite return-to-office mandates

By | Morgan Smith |

More companies are calling their employees back to the office, with some resorting to perks like free meals and electric scooters to entice people to return. 

Executives have often led the charge to return to in-person work — yet new research from Future Forum, Slack’s research consortium, reveals that non-executive employees are nearly twice as likely as executives to be working from the office five days a week.

Future Forum’s latest findings come from its April 2022 pulse survey, which was published Tuesday morning and includes responses from over 10,000 knowledge workers in the U.S., France, Germany and other countries.

More than a third of workers (34%) have returned to the office full-time, the highest percentage since Future Forum began surveying people in June 2020. But Future Forum’s research suggests that most full-time office employees aren’t there on their own accord: 55% of fully in-person office workers said they would prefer a more flexible work arrangement. 

‘A troubling double standard’

So, what’s driving the gap between employees and their bosses coming into the office? Brian Elliott, the executive leader of Future Forum, points to “a troubling double standard” where executives promote in-person work for their teams but prefer flexible, hybrid arrangements for themselves. 

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