When coronavirus hit the world, offices were shifted to homes. Home spaces were invaded by office spaces. It became a new normal. After more than a year into the pandemic, it seems that people might have gotten used to this type of work culture and are kind of reluctant to go back to old normal. Yes, according to a recent survey, more than two-thirds of the workforce wants to work from home only even after the pandemic gets over.
People are favoring Work from Home now
An Ipsos survey was conducted for the World Economic Forum. It surveyed 12,500 employed people in 29 countries. They found that a majority want flexible working to become a new norm. And almost a third (30%) clarified they would think about looking for another job if they were forced to go back to the office full time.
Contrary to what experts had predicted earlier (that work from home would lead to decreased productivity), there is only a minority now, which supports this view.
Just a few more than half of those questioned were missing their colleagues. 64% said they were more productive with a flexible work schedule, and only a third complained of burnout. Only one-third of people surveyed said they felt disengaged from work when working remotely.
Various Geographic, Cultural, and Demographic factors are at play
Women, parents of school-age children, adults under 35, and those with higher levels of education and income, were the people who backed the more flexible viewpoint.
More than a third of people in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Peru, India, and the US wants to return five days a week.
Among the surveyed people, the average number of days per week people want to work from home is 2.5. People in China, Belgium and France are least interested in working from home, thinking of just 1.9 days a week from home while people in India are the most interested in flexible work culture, with the demand of 3.4 days.
Even though a majority of people are favoring flexibility, many are aware that they would have to b=go back to offices, sooner rather than later. 27% think it will happen within six months and a further 24% are foreseeing it happening within a year. So, yeah, with changing dynamics of the work culture, it will be interesting to see, how the corporates and governments all over the world adjust to this new shift.