Close to 60% of Americans say working from home is making things better in the workplace, according to a new WalletHub survey.
The coronavirus pandemic has transformed our working conditions for the last few months, and a lot of Americans think that's a good thing, according to a survey by WalletHub. Before the pandemic hit, working from home was something only a small percent of the workforce was able to do, part- or full-time. Often considered a major perk, working from home has become the norm for many professionals.
In the survey, 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 were interesting and showed a majority of Americans think that working from home has changed the way work for the better. However, parents with young children also reported feeling that their productivity was, well ... missing while working from home.
Here are some key takeaways from the survey:
- About 60 percent of Americans think COVID-19 has changed the way we work, in a positive way.
- One-third of Americans feel that businesses can rightfully fire employees who do not want to return to the office.
- 41 percent of people thought that people who do go back to the physical workplace should be paid a higher wage.
- 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.
- 61 percent of Americans 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 the table.
Interestingly enough, when asked what they missed most about work, 27 percent of people said they missed absolutely nothing about the office. Roughly 32 percent missed coworkers, while 21 percent missed just getting out of the house. And three percent reported missing work food and 12 percent missed their routines.
The survey took the respondents' answers and got some experts to weigh in.
Denise Deason Toyne, a professor of Business Law and Financial Planning, Northeastern State University agrees that there may be some big changes as far as the traditional office setting in some industries when the pandemic danger is over.
"Yes, I believe that a lot of brick and mortar buildings will be a thing of the past for a large number of industries in which face to face /hands-on services are not required. Education - not so much for faculty as one of the reasons faculty became educators is the one on one or one on thirty face to face in-person experience. Social work is another area where "remote" work is not as effective as is needed," said Toyne.
Others shared that likely some industries have benefited from the work-from-home switch while others may not have fared so well. Additionally, human interaction is more important for some, so the lack of workplace socialization can make working from home lonely and less productive or comfortable.
To see all the results and see how the survey was conducted, as well as read all of the expert opinions, check out the WalletHub survey.
How are you doing with working from home, do you want it to last forever or are you ready to get back in the office? Do you agree that it has improved your work experience? Or has working from home been a struggle for you? Let’s talk about it in the comments.