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Published: Apr 25, 2022 4 min read
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Executives and managers want you to come back to the office, but they’re just fine phoning it in from the couch, thank you very much.

As calls for returning to the office intensify, new research suggests that the C-suite might not be practicing what they're preaching. A new study from Future Forum, a research group run by the workplace messaging app Slack, found that non-executive employees are nearly twice as likely to be working in the office five days a week compared to the executives who oversee them.

Surveying more than 10,000 so-called knowledge workers across the U.S., Japan, Australia, the U.K. and Germany, Future Forum found a “troubling double standard:” 35% of non-executive workers are commuting to the office five days a week, compared to only 19% of executives. This is in spite of only 21% of both groups saying they want to work in the office full-time.