As most of the estimated 150,000 people who work in the estate agency sector are either furloughed or told to work from home, many are wondering if these employees will, when the crisis is over, resist attempts to return full time to their branches.
Leading estate agency recruiter Josh Rayner wants to know if industry rank and file believe the industry will return to normality once the all clear is given and whether they see it as an opportunity to change direction.
Many negotiators and other branch staff will be wondering if, as their employer was able to continue doing business without a branch, perhaps the daily commute into work isn’t necessary.
“How many of those currently furloughed or laid off intend to simply exit agency altogether,” asks Rayner (left), who founded Rayner Personnel in 2012.
“Has this experience changed your view of what a work/life balance looks like and indeed should look like?
“Coronavirus has challenged our thinking, the way we have had to work of late and has challenged our very industry’s very viability.
“It’s important as we pass through our fourth week of lockdown to ascertain the thoughts and the sentiment of those that form the foundations of the property sector itself.”
To find out, Rayner is asking agents to fill in a short poll that takes two minutes to complete and will be open until next weekend. The results will be published soon afterwards.