A Study Says Remote Workers Don't Want To Return To The Office

Thanks to the COVID vaccines there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel with the pandemic, which means folks may start heading back to the office soon. But it turns out, a lot of workers aren’t really ready to return. 

A new Robert Half poll finds:

  • 34% of people who’ve been working remotely due to the pandemic say they’d look for a new job if they had to go back in the office full time.
  • When it comes to the most desired work arrangement:
    • 49% of workers say they’d prefer a hybrid work arrangement that would allow them to divide their time between home and the office.
    • 26% would prefer to be fully remote.
    • 25% want to be in the office full time.

As or why many employees don’t want to be fully remote, folks say:

  • Relationships with coworkers could suffer (28%)
  • Decreased productivity while at home (26%)
  • Fewer career advancement opportunities due to a lack of visibility (20%)

But there are some things that could entice workers back to the office. Professionals say their office could show them support by:

  • Giving them freedom to set preferred office hours
  • Offering a personal, distraction-free workspace
  • Offering employer-paid commuting costs
  • Relaxing the office dress code
  • Offering employer-provided childcare

Source: Robert Half

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