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Half of U.S. Employees Expect to Return to Office This Summer

A new survey from Glassdoor conducted by The Harris Poll through May 1 revealed that nearly half (45%) of employees expect to return to their company’s office this summer, and 3 in 4 employees are eager to return.

Half of U.S. Employees Expect to Return to Office This Summer

“There’s no one-size-fits-all model for employers preparing to re-open their offices. While many workers are eager to return to the office, employers considering re-opening offices should clearly communicate that the workplace is going to look very different and keep employees informed on what that means for them. Now more than ever, employers must closely monitor local guidelines and listen to their employees to ensure they are meeting the needs of the people that fuel their business.” – Glassdoor Chief People Officer, Carina Cortez

Key highlights from the report:

  • 72% of respondents say they are eager to return to their company’s office, and among those: Men (79%) are more likely than women (61%) to say they are eager to return to their company’s office.
  • Nearly half (45%) expect to return to working in their company’s office in some capacity in Summer 2020.
  • Socializing with coworkers (52%) and in-person work collaboration (46%) top the list of reasons employees are eager to return to their office.
  • 83% trust their company’s senior leaders to make an informed decision about when to re-open their office.
  • 65% would work from home full-time after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted if given the option.
  • 60% would be more likely to apply to a position that is entirely remote if they were looking for a new job.

U.S. employees who are exclusively working from home due to COVID-19 expect their employer to do the following when their company’s office re-opens:

  • More than 3 in 4 (79%) expect their employer to provide disinfectant/hand sanitizer.
  • Over half (54%) expect their employer to mandate employees to wear masks/gloves in the office.
  • 45% expect their employer to space out workstations at least six feet from other co-workers.
  • 38% expect their employer to check employees’ temperatures upon arriving at work.

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