EU workers not ready for home working, says Targus research
New research from California-based Targus highlights how European office workers are not prepared to adopt the new ‘work from anywhere’ model being rolled out as businesses return to work.
The survey of 4,000 office workers in France, Germany and the UK from February shows people are willing to set foot in offices again but expect greater flexibility and trust to work from other locations.
Reduced days working in the office was an employee expectation in all countries; with just under a half of UK respondents ranking this as their main expectation. However, employers are not equipping staff with the necessary tools to work productively and healthily.
A quarter of UK office workers were not supplied with or given a budget to purchase equipment needed to work from home by their employer, according to the survey, with the figure even higher in Germany (29%) and France (35%).
“We all know how important it is to have the correct desk set up and proper equipment when we are in the office so it’s surprising to see employers are not providing the same level of support to staff working remotely – even a year into the Covid-19 lockdown and social restrictions,” says Marcus Harvey, Director of B2B EMEA, Targus.
“This isn’t a short-term situation and employees expect to continue to be flexible with their working location. Standard items such as a wireless keyboard or laptop stand to position the screen at the correct level can make a significant impact to productivity and wellbeing. We might even get to a point where this type of support becomes a dealbreaker in job negotiations.”
The new work-from-home business as usual
The working from home experience has differed across Europe. German workers are the keenest to get back to the office (62%), versus 45% in the UK, while 59% in France are reluctant to go back. The survey shows women (44%) want to return more than men (39%).
Returning to the office comes conditions and expectations:
Top 3 things people expect to have changed about the office when they return
- Improved cleaning protocols
- Improved Covid-19 security
- Increased levels of trust to work away from the office
3 changes office workers expect to see to improve productivity
- Ultra-quiet desk areas for solo work (40% UK, 45% France, 47% Germany)
- More meeting rooms with better AV equipment (34% UK, 26% France, 24% Germany)
- More social spaces (34% UK, 29% France, 27% Germany)
However, employers do not seem to be consulting their teams on the process of returning to the office. Over 40% of workers across all three countries had not had a discussion with bosses.
People Moves EMEA: Deloitte, Oliver Wyman, Bain, Citi
It’s been a big week for executive consulting hires with Bain & Company expanding its European healthcare team with three partner hires, Deloitte strengthening its UK team with three leadership appointments and Oliver Wyman naming its partner for its sport and media businesses.
We round up the biggest executive moves across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Patrick Biecheler joins Bain as a Partner in Paris
Consulting and industry veteran Patrick Biecheler has been appointed as a Partner for biopharmaceuticals and private equity in Paris at a crucial time when the healthcare industry “is in the midst of unprecedented change”, says Loic Plantevin, Head of Bain & Company’s EMEA Healthcare practice. With more than two decades of experience across both consulting and industry roles, most recently serving as a partner in healthcare at Monitor Deloitte and previous roles at AstraZeneca and Sanofi, Biecheler is well-respected in the French healthcare sector in particular for his pharmaceuticals and provier expertise, serving healthcare organisations and private equity funds.
Segun Ogunsanya named Airtel Africa’s new CEO
Effective October 1, Segun Ogunsanya is set to take the reins of telcom operator Airtel Africa as CEO and board member. Joining Airtel Africa as CEO for Nigeria in 2012, where for the past nine years he has been responsible for the telco’s largest market, Ogunsanya “displayed significant drive and energy in turning around the Nigeria business by focusing on network modernisation, distribution and operational efficiency”, says Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman. Ogunsanya brings 25 years of business management experience in telecoms, banking and consumer goods to the role with prior roles including as CEO for Coca-Cola Hellenic, Nigeria.
Jackie Henry becomes Managing Partner for People and Purpose at Deloitte
Having begun her career with Deloitte three decades ago in Belfast, Jackie Henry is now set to lead Deloitte’s UK people strategy and purpose agenda, focusing on inclusion and wellbeing. Her commitment to diversity, inclusion and social mobility has been a focus throughout her 31-year career at Deloitte, where she most recently served as lead partner in Northern Ireland for seven years, and especially her efforts in building skills and providing access to education for people across Northern Ireland. Henry’s expertise and experience will “further reinforce our inclusive culture and our purpose of making a positive impact on clients, our people and wide society”, says Richard Houston, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte UK.
Tony Simpson Joins Oliver Wyman as Partner
Bringing extensive expertise working with sport and media businesses, Tony Simpson joins Oliver Wyman as a partner in the consulting firm’s Communications, Media and Technology, and Organisational Effectiveness practices. Having held a number of cross-sector leadership roles across both Europe and the Middle advising corporates and governments on structure, executive alignment and corporate partnerships, Simpson has been part of the exec team at Al Jazeera and launch team at Sky News Arabia. In this new role, located in the UK, Simpson is tasked with growing the firm’s work with sports and media companies and helping organisations embed inclusion and diversity into the business and “will be invaluable in making our business stronger, more inclusive, and better able to help our clients thrive”, says John Turner, Partner and Global Head of Media, Oliver Wyman.
Tasnim Ghiawadwala to head Citigroup commercial bank
Former Barclays head Tasnim Ghiawadwala is set to return to Citi after being appointed head of its commercial bank. Having spent 20 years at Citi in numerous roles including heading its commercial bank in EMEA for eight years, Ghiawadwala spent the next three years at UK bank Barclays where he was head of UK corporate banking. A seasoned banking professional, Tasnim brings a deep experience in commercial, corporate, consumer and investment banking and a strong track record in driving business growth and transformation. With Citi expanding its commercial bank in Europe, Ghiawadwala will be tasked with refreshing the strategy and accelerating market growth including expanding digital platfomrs in line with the banking giant’s global transformation efforts.