Many employees are tired of working from home: 70% want to return to the office, according to a new survey
Yesterday, we wrote about Microsoft after the tech giant announced it will now let its employees work from home permanently. At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans were forced to work from home to slow the spread of the deadly virus. At the time, the idea looked good as many thought they could save hours of commute time and also spend more time at home with their loved ones.
Fast forward six months later, Americans are burned out working from home. It turns out that working from home is now as great as many originally envisioned. According to a new survey, working from home is taking a toll on employees and 70% of people working from home want to get back to their workplace.
Consider the fact that many employees have to Juggle between work and home life, attending Zoom conference meetings instead of in-person meetings, and possibly parenting and homeschooling kids, it’s no wonder Americans are tired and exhausted.
In a more recent survey conducted by Digital.com in partnership with YouGov, a recognized authority in public opinion data, they found that the majority of individuals who are working from home are eager to get back to their offices and workplaces.
“Of the 3,903 American workers aged 18 to 55+ who were surveyed, 70% are not working from home. Among the 30% who are, the majority want to return to working in-person once state and federal governments lift restrictions. However, roughly half of those individuals want the flexibility to work from home sometimes, while the other half want to go back to being at their workplace full-time,” Digital.com wrote.
“This study shows people are ready to try to get back to a sense of normalcy,” said Daniel Cobb, content director of Digital.com, which conducted the survey. “A big part of that is in the workplace.”
Among the reasons cited for wanting to return back to work, many respondents to the original survey said that they are less productive while working from home. When asked by this survey why they want to return to their workplaces, 46.8% said it’s because they want to have social interactions with their co-workers.
Being more productive at a separate workplace was fourth on the list; 31.6% of respondents said this is a reason they want to return to working in-person. According to the survey, the survey found that the second most popular reason, cited by 44.8% of respondents, is that they miss the structure and normalcy of the workplace, while 37.5% of respondents said they like having an alternative space to work. More than one-quarter of individuals, 26.4%, said there are too many distractions at home.