Before the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 25% of the workforce worked from home at least some of the time. Only about 14.5% of the workforce worked exclusively from home. When social distancing restrictions were put into place, many businesses were forced to have their employees work from home.
Now as CoronaVirus restrictions are being lifted, businesses might have to face the lasting effects it may have on the workplace environment. According to a WalletHub survey, 60 percent of Americans believe that the pandemic has changed the way we work for the better.
WalletHub’s survey examined Americans’ thoughts about working from home during the coronavirus pandemic and a potential return to an office, including how being at home has affected productivity and what people miss most about the office. Below are highlights of the survey, along with a WalletHub Q&A.
- Harsh penalties for not returning to the workplace. A third of Americans believe that businesses should fire employees who refuse to go back to work.
- Parents’ work efficiency may suffer at home. Around 50 percent of parents with young children at home don’t think they are more productive working from home.
- Working from home seen as the future. Almost a third of Americans think that physical offices are a thing of the past.
- Positive changes to the work environment. Almost 60 percent of Americans think COVID-19 has changed the way we work for the better.
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