Employers, at least larger ones, have made it clear that they want employees back in the office. There's culture to pass on, innovation to happen and, typically unstated, executives who worry that they can't keep an eye on those wily workers to be sure they're being productive.

Cushman & Wakefield compiled some of what they've learned from surveying employees. The methodology is far from perfect; as the firm says, "these findings are the result of more than 11,000 respondents across major industries from October 1, 2020 to August 15, 2022." That's an awfully long stretch of time to get coherent answers, as what someone might answer toward the end of the first pandemic year could be separated by half a planet from what they might say in summer of this year.

Still—bringing a pinch of salt to the numbers—there were some interesting answers that suggest that the two groups have significantly different expectations. Like employers are from Mars and workers, commuters from Alpha Centauri.

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