Over three-quarters (76%) of UK businesses say employers have a learning and development (L&D) responsibility to encourage office workers back to the office, according to a PwC survey of 150 UK employers.
The same number (76%) believe employers have an economic responsibility to encourage workers back. Just 7% disagree, while 17% are undecided on both these factors.
The survey also found that a large majority (71%) of employers believe being in the office offers employees from less wealthy backgrounds* opportunities that wouldn't be accessible if they always worked from home (9% disagree, 19% undecided). Employers see the role of the office as multifaceted, with the majority of businesses (72%) saying their offices play a significant role in helping to educate and upskill local communities, showing offices are woven into the fabric of local communities. Additionally, four out of five say that being in the office allows different generations of employees to learn from each other (80% agree, 5% disagree, 15% undecided).
Previously released PwC data found over a quarter (26%) of UK employees are extremely or very concerned about being overlooked for development opportunities.
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