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Office workers in the UK would happy to take a £2,665 pay cut if it meant they didn't have to return to the office, according to a new report.

The survey of 3,000 employees, conducted by Insolvency Support, found that more than a third (36%) say they will be requesting to continue working from home, even after it is declared safe to return to their usual place of work. It could be more likely that these requests are granted given that 44% of workers say they have been more productive working from home compared to their usual place of work.

Nearly six in ten (59%) of employees said no daily commute is the best thing about working from home, followed by saving money on transport (16%). Saving money on transport is likely to be the driver behind the willingness to take a pay cut, with some even having a net increase in take-home pay.

An additional 14% say the best part is not having to wear business attire, 5% saving money on lunch/afterwork drinks, and 5% said no office politics.

Due to social distancing practices, it seems the days of high-fives and handshakes with your co-workers are over. In fact, 59% of respondents do not think handshakes will ever return to the work environment. 65% of respondents say the elbow tap should take over. This was followed by the simple nod greeting (28%), foot tap (5%) and bow (2%).

Lastly, almost 2 in 3 workers say since they started working from home, their bosses have had a more friendly and relaxed attitude towards employees.