Many people in the United States don’t expect to be back to work in person anytime soon.
A Gallup poll conducted September 13-19 among 4,034 adults was found many full-time workers in the country still work remotely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Of these, most plan to continue doing so for the remainder of 2022 and beyond. Additionally, an earlier Gallup poll found that the vast majority of remote workers want to continue working from home for several reasons.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points. The findings come as Gallup says ‘pre-pandemic normalcy remains elusive’ and many American workers have grown accustomed to working from home after many companies switched to remote working in early 2020 as the coronavirus began. to spread to the United States
Many Americans still work remotely
Forty-five percent of full-time workers in the September survey said they worked from home, including 25% who reported working exclusively from home and 20% who said they did so occasionally.
That percentage is essentially unchanged from July, when 43% said they worked from home, and from May, when 46% said the same – which Gallup says suggests plans to return to the office are hanging in the United States.
The stable percentage came as the country grappled with an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases triggered by the highly contagious delta variant. The country has not seen widespread coronavirus-related restrictions and closures like those in 2020, but face mask warrants and other restrictions have been reinstated in some areas.
Now the new cases of the coronavirus have started to decline. But Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said it is too early to “claim victory” as the numbers could rebound, what he told CNN won’t happen if “we do what we should be doing – namely, specifically vaccinating more people.”
The 45% of respondents who said they work remotely are down from 53% in January, when COVID-19 vaccines were barely available to the public, and to 69% in early 2020, near the start of the pandemic .
Will teleworking continue?
The poll found that about 75% of remote workers polled said their employers would allow them to continue working from home at least “on some basis.”
Even more workers said they plan to continue working remotely for “the rest of the year and beyond.”
Of all teleworkers surveyed, 27% said they planned to work entirely remotely, 61% said they planned a hybrid schedule between working remotely and in person, and 9% said they did not plan to work remotely. to work remotely.
The high percentage of people who expect remote work to continue is probably good news for many workers.
A separate Gallup poll conducted in May and June found that 91% of people who worked from home hoped to continue doing so after the pandemic for a variety of reasons.
Of those who said they preferred to work entirely remotely, 52% said the reason was to avoid travel, 44% said it was better for their well-being, 37% said it was was because they needed “flexibility to balance family / other obligations,” 35% said they were more productive and 29% said it was to “have fewer distractions”.
Fifty-four percent of workers said they didn’t think it would affect their company’s culture if a “significant number” of employees worked remotely in the long term, Gallup found. Additionally, 31% of workers said losing the ability to work remotely would make them “extremely likely to seek employment in another organization.”
The May-June Gallup survey included 9,915 adults who were working full or part time and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
This story was originally published October 14, 2021 12:00 p.m.