Survey Finds Many Employees Want Remote Work After COVID-19 Pandemic

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Nearly two-thirds of employees who worked remotely during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – 65 percent – said they wanted to remain full-time remote workers after the pandemic while 58 percent said they would “absolutely” look for a new job if they could not continue remote work in their current role when the pandemic ends, according to a survey conducted by remote and flexible job search provider FlexJobs.

“As the world moves closer to the end of the pandemic, thoughts are shifting toward reopening. However, reopening doesn’t necessarily mean ‘as it was before.’ Though suddenly thrown into remote work over a year ago, many workers have discovered the benefits of working at home and don’t want it to end,” stated the survey of more than 2,100 people in the United States and the world who worked remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey also found that “COVID-19 remains a top concern of returning to the office,” with 49 percent of respondents saying they were worried about exposure and infection. An additional 46 percent of respondents said they were concerned that returning to the office would mean less flexibility while 43 percent of respondents said they were concerned that returning to the office would mean less work-life balance.

“I’m not surprised to see that more than half of people working remotely during the pandemic appreciate its benefits to such a strong degree that they would leave their current jobs in order to keep working from home. The landscape of remote work has permanently changed as a result of COVID-19 and its impact will be felt in the job market and the workplace well into the future,” said Sara Sutton, the founder and CEO of FlexJobs.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a potentially deadly respiratory illness that spreads from person to person. As of April 23, 2021, there are approximately 144 million global cases and 3 million global deaths, while the United States leads the world with approximately 32 million cases and 570,000 deaths, according to the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

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