Now that vaccines are being distributed across the world, managers are eager to bring their employees back into the office. However, the sentiment may not be shared across the workforce.
For instance, an op-ed written by the CEO of a Washington D.C. magazine stated that workers could lose benefits like healthcare if they insisted on working from home. Despite apologizing, she along with other higher ups do not seem to be on the same page as their employees.
Recent analysis has even found that many employees have not received true communication about their company’s post-pandemic strategies.
In July of 2020, professors Kimberly Merriman and Tamara Montag-Smit, as well as doctoral candidate David Greenway at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, explored how workers adjusted to remote working arrangements.
Of the 3,000 responses they received, 1,361 people stated they planned to relocate over the next six months or had recently done so.
According to the analysis, the segment of workers that moved largely required full-time remote work arrangements based on the distance moved from their office. Another portion would have to face a longer commute.
Additionally, the data found that the majority of respondents who had moved or had plans to move do so based on the assumption or promise that they would be able to continue working remotely for a period of time after the pandemic.
Now that the post-pandemic world is becoming a reality, the disconnect between employers and employees is more evident than ever before.