An Edelman survey shows why workers return to offices or not


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Employees report the risks of Covid-19 for not returning to the office;  less than half of returns report productivity (iStock)

Employees report the risks of Covid-19 for not returning to the office; less than half of returns report productivity (iStock)

Americans disagree on whether to return to office – and on the reasons for their choice.

Fifty-two percent of respondents to the large annual survey chose to work from home, and 58 percent said they considered Covid-19 at risk of commuting or working, according to the Wall Street Journal.

One in three remote workers reported a better work-life balance, while 26 percent said they were more productive at home. Edelman’s online survey of 31,050 adults from 19 October to 18 November. Respondents could choose more than one reason.

Of the 48 percent who returned to the office, 42 percent said they were more productive, 34 percent said their employer felt safe, and 22 percent said they contributed to a healthier work-life balance.

Other data still show that many office workers did not return to their desks. Only until the end of October one of 10 Workers in Manhattan returned; until mid – November only and quarter employees returned nationally. Data from key cards show that leading cities with a return to work, such as Dallas, still have less than half of their workers back.

The real estate industry is pushing for the return of employees, and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week plan encourage them.

[WSJ] – Sasha Jones


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