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Four-day workweeks, analyzing reports on the beaches of Ibiza, commuting to the office just some of the time. For some, this may sound like a glorious dream. But for others, it’s already a reality.
Where in the world? Littler’s 2023 European Employer Survey Report asked 780 HR professionals and business leaders in Europe about a range of issues, including workplace flexibility.
Just 30% of employer respondents said they require workers to be in-person full-time, including 43% of respondents in Spain, 33% in Italy, and 22% in Germany. However, the majority of respondents (58%) said they’re on a hybrid schedule, and 6% are fully remote. The report noted that these continental numbers are largely in line with last year’s report.
About half of the employers surveyed (52%) said workers comply with in-office attendance, and 36% said their policies are aligned with what their employees want.
Some employers are considering or taking steps toward adopting other flexible work arrangements. More than a third (38%) said they’re considering a four-day workweek, and 48% said employees can work abroad at least some of the time.
Satellite view. European and US employers have some similarities. For instance, the majority (71%) of US companies are also hybrid, while 16% want employees in the office full-time, 7% give employees the option to choose where they work, and 6% are fully remote, Littler’s 2023 US report found.