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Published: 11 August 2020

Travel to work and remote working survey results

In June, the Sustainability, HR and Surrey Living Lab teams conducted a staff survey, to establish whether Covid-19 has changed employee opinions regarding remote working and the way in which we choose to travel to work. We were delighted that over 1,200 staff took the survey.

Our key findings

  • Seven out of ten respondents said that they had rarely or never worked remotely before Covid-19.
  • Most respondents commented that remote working had been better than expected, and that they were more productive, less distracted, and better at workload management when working remotely.
  • Eight out of ten respondents said that they would like to work remotely more frequently, even after they are allowed back to work on campus.
  • It seems unlikely that commuting behaviours are going to change significantly after Covid-19. Rather than changing travel mode, it seems that most staff would like to commute less in general and work remotely more frequently, in the short and long-term future.

Next steps

We are keen to embrace lessons that can be learnt from the pandemic and support a culture of flexible working. Shaped by the data from this study, HR are developing new working policies and working collaboratively with our Sustainability and Surrey Living Lab teams to try to enhance potential co-benefits, such as improved staff wellbeing, cleaner air and a reduction in carbon emissions from transport.

Read the full survey summary (PDF)

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