75% of pharma and life sciences employers suggested that working from home would limit career prospects

A study has found that people in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector who work from home can hurt their salary and career prospects. This is according to an industry spotlight A reluctant workforce: what impact are ‘reluctant returners’ having on the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector?published by the world leader in the creation of bespoke workspaces, unispace.

LONDON, November 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In its report – which included the results of an in-depth survey across nine European countries of 3,000 employees and 2,750 employers in management positions – Unispace found that a staggering 75% of Employers believed working from home would limit the career prospects of staff in some way, with 42% saying promotion opportunities will be negatively affected and 35% saying bonuses will be affected. This data suggests that while employees can feel they can work effectively remotely, in the longer term, staff are needed in the workplace for their own development as much as for the company’s prospects.

Desire for greater career progression

When asked what they thought would encourage employees to return to ‘work in the office’, 33% of employers in the sector said flexible start times, 29% said they paid for employee travel and 24% said having separate spaces for collaborative and quieter work would keep people coming back.

When employees asked the same question, however, there was a greater appetite for incentives to return to the office, with 71% interested in flexible start times, with 77% saying free drinks and snacks would entice them to return. return, and 78% saying they were interested in accessing training and development programs. Based on these numbers, it seems that employers may have misjudged the wants and needs of their workforce, particularly when it comes to training and development aspirations.

Claire BergerGlobal Chief Operating Officer, Unispace, comments:

“As a sector that often requires more complex workspaces than any other, including laboratories and research and development centers, it is perhaps unsurprising that employers need many of their employees are present in the workplace for a significant part of their working week It would also be necessary to create a sense of fairness and collaboration, between those who must be in the office working in the laboratories and those who do not .This difference could lead to a sense of presenteeism, limiting the career prospects of those who are reluctant to surrender.

While the world of work as we know it has changed for good, our research clearly indicates that the office itself is by no means redundant, especially for an industry that cannot fully transition to remote working. . But employees need to be shown that there are clear opportunities for career progression and corporate training programs if employers hope to encourage staff back into the office to enable cross-disciplinary collaboration and drive impactful engagement.”

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