New survey: Almost 3 out of 4 employees are eager to return to the office after the COVID 19 outbreak
It is no surprise that COVID-19 has changed the way we work and interact within and outside the workplace. Many organizations have switched to remote work for security reasons. Nevertheless, many employees wonder when we will return to work when we dig deeper into local protection. Due to COVID-19 several companies like Twitter and Facebook have recently made a difficult decision to move their organizations to remote work permanent, adapt work from home model.
“There is no one-size-fits-all model for employers preparing to reopen their offices. While many workers are willing to return to the office, employers considering reopening offices should clearly communicate that the job will be different and inform employees of what this means for them. More than ever, employers need to closely monitor local policies and listen to their employees to ensure they meet the needs of the people who are driving their business. " – Carina Cortez, Chief People Officer of Glassdoor
A new Glassdoor poll conducted by The Harris Poll found that 45% of employees expect to return to their company's office this summer, and almost 3 in 4 employees are ready to return.
The new survey found that U.S. employees who work exclusively from home due to COVID-19:
The employees are ready to return to the office
Willingness to return: 72% say they are ready to return to their company's office, including:
- Men (79%) are more likely than women (61%) to report that they are willing to return to their company's office.
- Almost half (45%) expect to work in some form in their company's office again in summer 2020.
Top factors: Getting to know employees (52%) and personal collaboration (46%) are high on the list of reasons why employees would like to return to their office.
Trust in Sr. Leaders: 83% trust that their company's executives will make an informed decision about when to reopen their office.
Employee expectations regarding health and safety at work
U.S. employees who work exclusively from home due to COVID-19 expect the following from their employer when their company's office reopens:
- More than 3 in 4 (79%) expect benefits from their employer Disinfectant / hand disinfectant.
- Over half (54%) expect a mandate from their employer Employees wear masks / gloves in the office.
- 45% expect this from their employer Place workstations at least six feet from other employees.
- 38% expect this from their employer Check the temperatures of the employees on arrival at work.
Effects of COVID-19 on the future of work
More flexible work options: 65% would work full time from home after the COVID 19 restrictions were lifted if the option were given.
Consider remote openings: 60% would rather apply for a job that is completely remote when looking for a new job.
This survey was conducted in the United States from April 29 to May 1, 2020 by The Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor online among 1,188 US adults aged 18 and over, 472 of whom were COVID-19 and home-based only working from home were asked about their expectations for re-entry into the workplace amid COVID-19.
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