A SURVEY of 1,000 office workers reveals how the nation is feeling about getting back to work.

The research carried out by Moneypenny, the outsourced communications provider, showed that almost a half (45%) of the office workers surveyed said they already returned to the office, with a further 31% saying they’ve been given the go ahead to return within the next one to four months.

However, around 5% said their employers have stated they won’t return to work until January 2021 at the earliest, and around 18% have not been given a date to return as of yet.

Meanwhile, a quarter of those in Yorkshire said that they were not comfortable with returning to the office and with a further look into why this might be, the research revealed that only 15% of Yorkshire residents said that their workplace has made masks compulsory in all areas of their offices, the lowest percentage of any region in the UK.

The data shows that the majority (66%) of office workers will be choosing to take their own cars to work to avoid contamination.

Over a third (37%) of office workers said they had no problems with wearing a face mask.

However, a further 36% said they would find it too much to do a whole day of work wearing a mask and 13% said they don’t mind wearing a mask at work short-term, but would be less happy if the policy became long-term.

However, 16% said that they still don’t trust their colleagues to social distance in the office, with Scotland’s workers being the least trusting. Those in the North East were the most trusting of their colleagues, with a huge 64% saying they trusted their teammates to keep to strict guidelines.

A further 11% said that they would report those that didn’t comply with the social distance rules when in the office, with the West Midlands having the highest number of workers willing to report those that don’t keep to the new policies.

Even the tea rounds have been called into question. Overall 48% said they will make teas and coffees for their colleagues, however, of those, 40% will make coffees only for colleagues that are close to them and they trust them.

A total of 15% of those questioned said that their management does not allow them to make tea or coffee for their colleagues and 38% strictly stated they will not do tea rounds at all.