As new COVID-19 cases continue rising, a survey of US employees finds that only 28 percent expect returning to the workplace by the end of 2020.
The Conference Board survey also reveals that some groups feel more pressure to return than others. To keep their jobs, women feel more pressure to return to the workplace than men. It is an expectation also more greatly felt among more lower-ranking employees: 20 percent of individual contributors feel such pressure, compared to just 4 percent of C-suite executives. And while individual contributors feel the most pressure to return, they also feel the least comfortable with returning.
Conducted between September 16th–25th, the online survey polled more than 1,100 US workers, representing a cross-section of people across industries. Key findings include:
Only 28 percent expect to return to the workplace by the end of 2020
- Another 38 percent expect to return at some point in 2021 or beyond.
- Widespread vaccination isn’t a guiding factor: Only 7 percent expect to return after a vaccine is widely available.
Only 17 percent feel very comfortable returning – and even want to return
- 70 percent indicated they are only moderately comfortable returning, if at all.
- Moderately comfortable: 39 percent; Not comfortable: 31 percent.
Whereas this survey gauged employees about their various concerns related to reopening, the previous survey asked respondents about the reopening-related steps that their companies are and plan on taking.