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Few employees want to return to the office full-time when the barriers are eased: survey

Remote or working from home has become the new norm during the COVID-19 era, requiring maintaining physical distancing and adhering to lockdown measures to curb the spread of disease.

Working from home has several advantages, such as: The world has never before seen work from home so broad-based, implemented across industries, and will have a long-term impact on the business.

Verdict is conducting a survey on its site network to assess whether employees would like to return to offices after the lockdown restrictions are relaxed.

Analysis of the survey results so far shows that the majority of respondents would like a mixture of remote work and return to the office.

A majority of 46% of respondents voted for a mix of remote working and return to the office, while 27% of respondents wanted full-time remote working. Another 27% of respondents wanted to return to their jobs full-time.

Interestingly, a majority of 45% of those first time working from home wanted a mix of remote and in-office work, while 34% wanted to return to the office full-time and 21% wanted to work remotely full-time, suggesting a strong desire to work from home.

Employee WFH COVID-19

The analysis is based on 973 responses received between June 5th and June 22nd.

Are you working remotely or returning to the office after the COVID-19 lockdowns?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people work by introducing remote working for people who have always worked from an office. Companies like Facebook and Twitter have given their employees the opportunity to work from home permanently. Normal office hours can be a thing of the past.

Working from home can have a positive impact on both the employee and the employer, according to GlobalData. It can increase flexibility, reduce costs, traffic congestion, commute times and pollution. Remote working can also help employers hire talent from around the world and stay competitive. Hygiene and safety protocols can also be implemented more easily with fewer people in the office.

However, working from home all the time may not be suitable for everyone as lack of communication can be an issue. In addition, data security, reduced productivity and working beyond standard working hours are some of the points that must be ensured for a permanent implementation of remote work.