While more than half (57 per cent) of U.S. employees said they’re comfortable about returning to the workplace, more than a third (40 per cent) still aren’t ready to head back, according to a new survey by data intelligence company Morning Consult.
The survey, which polled around 400 U.S. employees who’d usually work from an office, found 74 per cent said they’d trust their employer to make the right decision about when to return to the workplace, while 61 per cent would only feel safe once all of their colleagues were vaccinated against the coronavirus. While 56 per cent said they’d return to the office once they feel it’s safe, 53 per cent would consider quitting their job if they were forced to return before they felt it was safe.
The majority (85 per cent) said they enjoy remote working and 83 per cent said they’d be more likely to apply for a job with a remote option. However, only 74 per cent said they’re more productive while working from home.
When asked about travelling and attending work-related events, only 41 per cent said they’re comfortable with travelling domestically, while 37 per cent would attend a conference and 35 per cent would be willing to attend an office party or a similar event. Just 24 per cent would consider travelling internationally for work.