Although it is hard to pinpoint what the future of work will look like, data suggests that workers will likely continue working from home in some capacity moving forward.
Research revealed that the type of occupation correlates with which workers are allowed to work from home, and to some extent, prevent them from being laid off as frequently.
During the beginning of the economic downturn, 90% of the drop in employment came from positions that could not be done from home according to Pew Research Center analysis.
However, 33% of workers that had the ability to work from home did not telework, indicating that prior to the pandemic the feasibility of remote working did not appeal to employers.
Now, with knowledge workers become more concerned over their health and safety in the workplace, 57% said they would like to increase how often they work from home in the future according to an ESG survey.
Business leaders and managers have been hesitant to adopt remote working policies, partly due to the fact that they are concerned about completing managerial duties from home. More so, 81% are worried about a drop in employee morale, while 76% are anxious about a dip in productivity.
“It will be interesting to see how the pandemic fundamentally alters or accelerates the shifting landscape of the United State’s economy,” said Peter Dolan, Product Manager at AtScale.