Millions of American workers are looking to make remote working a part of their every day work arrangements even after the pandemic has subsided.
A survey by business publishing company getAbstract found that 43% of full-time American employees want to continue working remotely after the economy has reopened and 20% said their employer is exploring how to make this arrangement more of an option in the future.
At software company Limemade, chief people officer and chief science officer Laura Hamill says the firm is looking to adjust its existing flexible work program to be more accommodating to workers.
“We’re considering actually flipping the paradigm and saying, ‘What’s the day that we all want to be in [the office] together?’” said Hamill.
Many workers prefer remote working as it saves time of their daily commute, which can cause stress and hinder productivity. According to a joint CNBC/Change Research survey of more than 5,000 voters in swing states, 47% said the time typically spent on commuting has now been used towards time with their families. The survey also found that employees are able to get more sleep, as well as focus on various hobbies.
Although the pandemic has caused a lot of anxiety and uncertainty, it will hopefully allow companies to rethink their models and allow people to have a better work-life balance.