One in ten office workers believe they're never going back

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Around one-in-10 office workers believe they are never going back to the office in any shape or form, new research by DSA Connect, an IT asset disposal company, shows.

The study found 10 per cent of office workers – the equivalent of around 1.7 million people – say they will not go back into the office even for one day a week when restrictions end while another 9 per cent don’t expect to return to the office until next year at the earliest.

Those who do go back are facing massive changes with a third (30 per cent) of workers saying their office has been closed permanently or is being reorganised. Half of them say their office has been shut or will shut while the other half say employers are looking for smaller offices.

DSA Connect’s study found that many of those who do go back aren’t happy about it – around 25 per cent say they’ve enjoyed remote working and do not want to change while another 12 per cent are worried about the risks of catching Covid-19.

Government data shows currently around 26 per cent of employees work from home solely while 50 per cent travel to work only, while around a quarter of businesses (24 per cent) which are still trading say they plan to increase homeworking in the future.

DSA Connect, which specialises in the permanent deletion and destruction of electronic data, believes increased homeworking will mean challenges for employers recycling or disposing of their IT hardware and the data on it. Failure to dispose of equipment safely and securely can lead to fines and damage to their reputation.

Harry Benham, Chairman of DSA Connect, says: “Businesses need to think long and hard about their offices and how they make the most effective use of them in the future.

“Clearly many are already taking the decision to shut offices or move to smaller premises and substantial numbers of staff are not going to return to the office at all.

“The switch away from office working to home working will have major implications for businesses in how they dispose of IT equipment that is no longer needed and firms need to take a careful and considered approach.”

Many businesses often find themselves with redundant IT and telecoms equipment. This could be due to periodic equipment refreshes, downsizing or office relocations as well as shutting offices. Recovering redundant equipment from across the UK, DSA Connect provides a secure IT asset disposal service utilising a methodology created in partnership with the Ministry of Defence. DSA Connect’s end of life service allows for the complete removal and data eradication of IT equipment and depending on the quantity and type of equipment for disposal, DSA Connect offers a rebate of up to 60 per cent on all re-saleable assets.

DSA Connect is an IT asset disposal specialist. It specialises in the erasure and destruction of electronic data using tools certified by CESG and approved by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). It ensures that all data storage media and equipment is removed from a client’s premises and transported to its secure facility in unmarked, tracked vehicles. 

The company was established in 2011 to partner the Ministry of Defence in developing the MoD’s asset disposal service.