Remote work may mean your office is currently pretty empty.
With everyone working remotely, you may have even gotten a very stern email…
Your boss “recommending” you return to in-person.
But it turns out, that’s not a very popular proposition with most workers.
According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 60% of remote workers would much rather stay home full-time.
Of those, 61% have said they are choosing not to return to the workplace, versus the 38% who are unable due to COVID restrictions.
“Among those who have a workplace outside of their home, 61% now say they are choosing not to go into their workplace, while 38% say they’re working from home because their workplace is closed or unavailable to them.”
The research also suggests COVID isn’t what’s keeping them home.
44% say they’re significantly more productive, with 64% saying they now have a better work-life balance.
And it makes a lot of sense.
Sure, it means you can always have a fresh pot of coffee all to yourself, and that you can always have fresh food available.
Working from home means you do not have to worry about rush-hour traffic on 101, 280, and 880.
But it also means you can live further from work. Perhaps in a more affordable home.
Your accessibility aids (like special back-rests, wheelchairs, mobility aids, et cetera) are always available.
Something disability advocates have hailed as a massive benefit.
California Governor Gavin Newsome announced on Thursday, February 17th that the state will be shifting into an “Endemic” approach.
The state will emphasize prevention and quick reactions over new mandates.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Newsom explained:
“This pandemic won’t have a defined end. There’s no finish line”
His administration is working to craft a plan to be “prepared without being paranoid and more alert to what’s happening around us without being anxious.”
Read more on this story at PewResearch.org