New Survey: Nearly 3 In 4 Employees Are Eager To Return To The Office Following COVID-19

COVID-19 Work from home

It’s no surprise that COVID-19 has altered the way we work and interact with each other in and outside of the workplace. Many organizations have shifted to remote work for safety reasons. Still, as we journey deeper into being sheltered in place, many employees are wondering when we’ll be returning to the workplace. Due to COVID-19, several companies like Twitter and Facebook recently made the tough decision to transition their organizations to remote work permanently, adapting the work from home model. 

“There’s no one-size-fits-all model for employers preparing to re-open their offices. While many workers are eager to return to the office, employers considering re-opening offices should clearly communicate that the workplace is going to look very different and keep employees informed on what that means for them. Now more than ever, employers must closely monitor local guidelines and listen to their employees to ensure they are meeting the needs of the people that fuel their business.” – Glassdoor Chief People Officer, Carina Cortez

A new survey from Glassdoor conducted by The Harris Poll revealed that 45% of employees expect to return to their company’s office this summer, and nearly 3 in 4 employees are eager to return.

The new survey found that of U.S. employees who are exclusively working from home due to COVID-19:

Employees Are Ready to Get Back to the Office

Eagerness to Return: 72% say they are eager to return to their company’s office, and among those:

    • Men (79%) are more likely than women (61%) to say they are eager to return to their company’s office.
    • Nearly half (45%) expect to return to working in their company’s office in some capacity in Summer 2020.

Top Factors: Socializing with coworkers (52%) and in-person work collaboration (46%) top the list of reasons employees are eager to return to their office.

Trust in Sr. Leaders: 83% trust their company’s senior leaders to make an informed decision about when to re-open their office.

Employees’ Expectations for Health and Safety at Work

U.S. employees who are exclusively working from home due to COVID-19 expect their employer to do the following when their company’s office re-opens:

    • More than 3 in 4 (79%) expect their employer to provide disinfectant/hand sanitizer.
    • Over half (54%) expect their employer to mandate employees to wear masks/gloves in the office.
    • 45% expect their employer to space out workstations at least six feet from other co-workers.
    • 38% expect their employer to check employees’ temperatures upon arriving at work.

COVID-19’s Impact on the Future of Work

More Flexible Work Options: 65% would work from home full-time after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted if given the option.

Consider Remote Openings: 60% would be more likely to apply to a position that is entirely remote if they were looking for a new job.

This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor from April 29 – May 1, 2020, among 1,188 U.S. employed adults ages 18 and older, 472 of whom are exclusively working from home due to COVID-19 and were surveyed on their expectations for re-entering the workplace amid COVID-19.