Employers get ready for workers to return to the office – but not all employees are onboard.
Working after the Pandemic: Polls Show Employees Want to go Back to the Office – But They Want the Office to Change
For more than a year, many office workers have experienced the benefits of working from home such as casual dress, no annoying coworker in a neighboring cubicle and a more flexible work schedule. As more people get vaccinated and the pandemic appears to be winding down, however, people working from home are likely to get called back into the office.
Many employees look forward to returning to the workplace and its company culture. At the same time, many workers aren’t exactly excited about going back to onsite employment, according to the latest American Staffing Association (ASA) Workforce Monitor survey. In fact, more than half (54%) of workers surveyed cited barriers preventing them from wanting to return to the office.
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1. Workers fear catching COVID-19 at work
As companies and businesses figure out how to proceed safely with transitioning employees back into the office or other workplace, not everyone is eager to clock in and mingle with other employees.
In fact, around 57% of workers in the ASA survey say they worry they might catch COVID-19 from coworkers or fellow commuters on public transportation, citing that fear as a barrier to returning to the office.
2. Some people just like working from home
Fear of COVID-19 isn’t the only thing keeping employees from wanting to decorate their office cubicles for Fourth of July and sing happy birthday in the conference room to all their coworkers born the same month. Roughly 35% surveyed said they’ve taken a liking to working from home and don’t want to return to the office.
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3. Vaccination procrastination hinders a return to the office
According to the ASA survey, about 34% of workers surveyed said they aren’t yet vaccinated for COVID-19, so they don’t feel comfortable returning to the office.
4. Some are eager to rejoin office life
Even as many workers are hesitant to return to work at the office, about one-quarter (23%) of those surveyed say they don’t see any barriers preventing them from going back to work in an office or other workplace setting.
5. Workers hesitant to trust
Nearly half (42%) of workers surveyed say they would trust a federal, state or local government to tell them when it’s safe to return to an onsite work location. Around 36% say they will go by the guidance of work-related sources such as company leadership, direct supervisors or colleagues.
Nearly 3 in 10 (28%) trust health and safety inspectors of the work location, while 27% say they would go by the recommendations of medical personnel who tell them it’s safe to return to work onsite.
“Notably, 1 in 5 U.S. adults (21%) say they wouldn’t trust any source regarding whether or not it is safe to return to brick-and-mortar work locations during the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the ASA survey.
6. Many ready to call it quits
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted 64% of American men and 49% of American women to consider leaving their jobs this year, according to The Beamery Talent Index, a global survey. Many of those surveyed (64%) believe a lack of “face time” with their employer over the last 12 months has hindered their chances for promotion.
More pandemic-related reasons workers are considering leaving their job: Believing that working from home has slowed their personal development in the workplace (78%); Feeling their company culture has suffered as a result of people working from home (74%); Displeasure with how their employer handled issues surround the pandemic (57%).
Published by Debt.com, LLC