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60% of Americans Say COVID-19 Has Changed the Way We Work for the Better

22 Jun, 2020


Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, only about 25 percent of the workforce worked from home at least some of the time, and just 14.5 percent worked exclusively from home all week. However, the social distancing restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus crisis forced businesses across the U.S. to operate from home while their buildings remained closed. 
 
Now, as the pandemic starts to gradually decline, Americans must consider what lasting impacts it may have on the workplace. Almost 60 percent of Americans think COVID-19 has actually changed the way we work for the better, according to a recent nationally representative WalletHub survey.
 
WalletHub’s survey examined Americans’ thoughts about working from home during the coronavirus pandemic and a potential return to an office, including how being at home has affected productivity and what people miss most about the office. Below are highlights from the survey, along with commentary from a panel of experts and a description of our methodology.
 
Key Stats
  • Harsh penalties for not returning to the workplace. A third of Americans believe that businesses should fire employees who refuse to go back to work.
  • Parents’ work efficiency may suffer at home. Around 50 percent of parents with young children at home don’t think they are more productive working from home.
  • Working from home seen as the future. Almost a third of Americans think that physical offices are a thing of the past.
  • Positive changes to the work environment. Almost 60 percent of Americans think COVID-19 has changed the way we work for the better.
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