Workers are Ready to Come Back, With Dutiful Precautions

With the right incentives and safety precautions, 63% of workers may be ready for a return to in-person work, according to a study from PromoLeaf.

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A new survey performed by PromoLeaf asked remote workers if they are ready to come back to the office and others, from what precautions and benefits would make that return feasible, and what the benefits and drawbacks had come out of remote work. It turns out, with the right incentives and safety precautions, 63% may be ready for a return to in-person work.

Overall feelings and preferred safety precautions:

  • 63% of employees would be comfortable returning to the office, 27% would not, and nearly 10% are unsure about returning.
  • 76% would strongly prefer daily temperature checks for employees. 59% favor contact tracing, and just over 54% would like to see regular diagnostic testing.
  • 91% of employees prefer office capacity to be limited to under 50%m with strong preferences for no more than 25% capacity (35.3%) or even 10% capacity (24.2%). 

What employees miss about office life:

  • In-person meetings and seeing coworkers in-person (28% and 26% respectively) are the most missed aspects of working from an actual office.
  • When it comes to being productive, 37.5% of respondents feel they are most productive in the office, 39.1% feel more productive at home, and 19.3% feel more productive when they have a choice where they’d like to work based on the mood they are in and likely the tasks they have to perform. 

Benefits of working remotely:

  • Flexible Hours (49.8%): We have known for a long time that not everyone works best from 9-5, and remote work allows employees to work when they are most productive and to take breaks as they need to.
  • More Family Time and Time with Pets (45.6%/32.8% respectively): From the commute to staying a little longer at the office for that last-minute 4 p.m. meeting, work in person plays havoc with family and pet time. And pets in the workplace are generally good for us.
  • No Commute (34.7%): The most significant time suck is often the commute back and forth to the office, usually done with a host of others at the same time, causing additional time wasted and stress. Saving money on a commute was also a significant benefit.
  • Better Eating Habits (31.6%): Apparently, the snack room at work and grabbing your lunch at your favorite spot are things we miss, but we have better-eating habits if we are at home than away from our fridge.