COVID-19 Vaccine May Not Get All Employees Back to the Office

A new survey by Hibob found that even with the COVID-19 vaccine, employees will not rush back to the office five days a week. Approximately 36% of survey participants from every age group said they would very likely quit if forced to come back to the office. Parents were found more likely than non-parents to quit their jobs if required to work in the office five days a week. These survey results suggest that employees have adjusted to working from home, and most are happy working from home.

Employees said they enjoyed working remotely because of the flexibility and decreased, or lack of, commute time. Employees also felt productive working from home. Employees said their productivity was 4.9 out of 5, with 5 being very productive and 1 being not productive. Further analysis of this rating showed that 77% of employees felt productive and very productive working remotely.

More than a third of employees said they would look for a new job if required to work in the office five days a week. Only 13% of employees would prefer to work in the office five days a week. Employees felt a hybrid work arrangement allowed for work-life balance. When asked what this hybrid arrangement would look like, the leading answer was 2-3 days working from home and 2-3 days working from the office.

The survey results suggest that the workplace may not return to where it was pre-pandemic. Employees have adjusted to working from home and like the benefits it provides, such as flexibility, work/life balance, no commute time, and more time with family. “Not only has the virtual workplace changed, but the physical workplace will be taking on a new form as we ease back into socializing with others. We should not take a step backward, but instead, companies must create flexible, hybrid workplaces to keep their employees happy and engaged,” says Hibob CEO Ronni Zehavi.

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