Report: Employees like working from home and don’t want to go back to an office

2020 has upended employees’ expectations and how they evaluate companies. A survey by Owl Labs illustrates how much things have changed.

By Robby Brumberg      @robbybrumberg      
Why remote work is here to stay

Nearly two-thirds of full-time workers in the U.S. are working from home during COVID-19 pandemic, and half of the respondents in a new survey won’t even consider returning to a job that doesn’t offer post-COVID remote-work flexibility.

On top of that, 80% of workers expect to work from home at least three times per week even after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, and 75% say they’re as productive or more so while working from home.

These are some of the findings in a “State of Remote Work” report from the videoconference device maker Owl Labs, which offers a trove of data that should fuel wellness initiatives that organizations might want to consider for 2021.

The report, released last month, is the company’s fourth annual look at remote-work trends. Owl Labs surveyed 2,025 full-time U.S. workers between the ages 21 and 65 at companies with 10 or more employees. The data was collected in June and July of 2020.

It’s a given that employees are struggling to juggle the burdens of work and life in 2020. The big question now for wellness pros: How do organizations support their people during such a stressful season of historic upheaval? 

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