More and more workers believe they can do their office job remotely, according to a new study.
With businesses around the country shuttered due to the COVID-19 crisis, a new study by staffing firm Robert Half found that 63% of working Americans now realize their job is doable outside the office.
The survey, which tallied responses from more than 1,000 employed workers in the US, found there have been many benefits to social distancing and working remotely for workers. Sixty percent of respondents said their work-life balance has improved without a commute and nearly half (43%) said they feel more comfortable using technology more than ever.
Nearly a quarter of respondents said the isolation away from the office has even created stronger bonds and relationships with their colleagues.
What the future of work will look like remains to be seen, but workers are eager for their companies to take new measures as a result of COVID-19. Seventy-nine percent of respondents said they want their workplaces to allow them to work remotely more frequently in the wake of the crisis while having better cleaning protocols inside the office.
Seventy percent of respondents said fewer in-person meetings and training, which has been the case with companies hosting Google Hangouts and Zoom calls throughout COVID-19.
An interesting finding was more than half of respondents said they wanted employees to be required to wear masks in the office, while 46% said a redesign of the office would be beneficial.
Seventy-two percent of respondents said they will rethink shaking hands with business contacts.
Kyle Schnitzer is a staff reporter for Ladders.