Just half (52 per cent) of European employers say their employees comply with in-person work policies, according to a new survey by employment law firm Littler Mendelson.

The survey, which polled nearly 800 employers across Europe, found more than half (58 per cent) said they offer hybrid working arrangements, while just 30 per cent said they require employees to work fully onsite.

Only a third (36 per cent) of employers said their work model matches employee preferences, while more than two-fifths (43 per cent) said their employees prefer remote or hybrid work to a greater extent than what their organization provides. Nearly half (48 per cent) of employers said they allow employees to work abroad to some degree.

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“What began as a temporary measure during the [coronavirus] pandemic is clearly here to stay,” said Raoul Parekh, a partner at Littler’s U.K. practice, in a press release. “Those employers that have been able to accommodate hybrid work are in a position to embrace this new normal and can therefore satisfy both employee preferences and business fundamentals.

“In a competitive talent market, this approach can generate real advantages for employee retention, attraction and even compensation.”

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