Are workers ready to return to the office? In some ways yes, but it depends how often.
According to a new survey of over 1,000 employees in the U.S, about 1 in 3 professionals (34%) who have transitioned to working from home due to the pandemic would seek a new job if their current one required to be in the office full time. But there is room for a compromise.
Nearly half of those surveyed (49%) did reveal that they would prefer to return in a hybrid schedule where you could split your time between the office and working from home. The remainder of the surveyed employees are split, 26% in favor of staying fully remote and 25% favoring returning full time.
So how can employers help employees looking to transition back to the office? Freedom to set preferred office hours, relaxed dress code, and employer-paid commuting costs were among top ways these employees felt their respective companies could help.
The survey employees who would prefer to stay remote did however have some concerns about how that could negatively affect their relationships with co-workers, decreased productivity, and fewer chances to advanced their careers due to lack of visibility.
According to Tuesday's press release, "the survey was developed by Robert Half and conducted by an independent research firm from March 9-16, 2021 and includes responses from more than 1,000 workers 18 years of age or older at companies in the U.S."
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