If you’ve been working from home and enjoying it, you’re not alone! A survey by WalletHub delved into how Americans feel about working from home, how they may be feeling about heading back to the office, and what they missed from the workplace. The results showed a majority of Americans think that working from home has changed the way they work for the better.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, only about 25 percent of the workforce worked from home at least some of the time, and just 14.5 percent worked exclusively from home all week. But after the lock down orders started coming those numbers increased significantly; and it’s changed the way some people think about working from home.
Here are some of the things the survey found:
- About 60 percent of Americans think COVID-19 has changed the way we work, in a positive way.
- 53% think that a workplace should be held responsible if employees get sick.
- One-third of Americans also felt that physical offices are a thing of the past.
- Around 50 percent of parents working from home felt their productivity was not more productive while working at home.
- 41 percent of people thought that people who do go back to the physical workplace should be paid more.
- 61 percent of people do not think their coworkers are being more productive at home.
- 33 percent of people reported that they would choose to live closer to family and (14 percent) would live near more outdoor activities if commuting to work was no longer on a concern.
- 27% of respondents don’t miss anything about the office.
Things that people did miss about going to work were: Coworkers (32%), Getting out of the House (21%), Routine (12%), Less Distraction (5%), and Food (3%).
Whether you feel that working from home has you and your coworkers being more productive, the data suggests it’s better for employers to be at home, and if enough people want it to happen it could be the new norm.