As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the workplace, new surveys have shed light on the demographics of employees who are still working remotely and those who are returning to the office.
According to a survey by Pew Research Center, 71% of employed adults are currently working from home, up from just 20% prior to the pandemic. The survey also found that remote work is more prevalent among higher-income workers, with 62% of those earning over $75,000 per year reporting that they are working from home, compared to just 41% of those earning less than $30,000 per year.
Remote Work Preferences Across Age Groups
Another survey by LinkedIn found that younger workers are more likely to be working remotely than their older counterparts. The survey found that 83% of Gen Z workers and 75% of millennials are currently working remotely, compared to just 63% of Gen X and 61% of baby boomers.
However, the LinkedIn survey also found that many workers are eager to return to the office. The survey found that 59% of workers would prefer a hybrid model, with some days in the office and some days remote. Only 12% of workers said they want to work from home full-time, while 29% said they want to return to the office full-time.
The reasons for wanting to return to the office varied. Some workers cited the need for social interaction and collaboration, while others said they missed the separation between work and home life. Others cited the challenges of working from home, such as distractions and difficulty staying motivated.
Overall, the surveys suggest that remote work is here to stay for many employees, particularly those in higher-income brackets and younger age groups. However, the desire for in-person interaction and collaboration means that the return to the office is likely to be a gradual process, with many workers opting for a hybrid model that combines the best of both worlds.
Survey findings on remote work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic highlight higher-income workers favoring remote work, while younger generations embrace it. Many workers desire a hybrid model for office and remote work to meet social interaction, collaboration, and work-life balance needs, suggesting a gradual transition in the future of work.