A Survey Shows Remote Employees Hope To Return To Work​

June 02, 2020
Glassdoor surveyed remote workers and people who have been furloughed. Their results showed nearly 75% of respondents are eager to return to the workplace.
Backgrounds Online | June 02, 2020


Glassdoor surveyed remote workers and people who have been furloughed. Their results showed nearly 75% of respondents are eager to return to the workplace.

About The Survey

Glassdoor is a recruiting company that provides job listings, company reviews, salary reports and related content. They recently partnered with The Harris Poll to survey workers from various industries who have been working remotely or temporarily furloughed. Survey-takers asked respondents if they are eager to return to the workplace.

The survey was conducted between April 29 and May 1, 2020. More than 1,100 individuals were contacted. Many of the participants have been working from home for several weeks.

Carina Cortez, the Chief People Officer at Glassdoor said: “There’s no one-size-fits-all model for employers preparing to re-open their offices. While 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.”

Key Results

The survey found that around 72% of people who have been working remotely are eager to return to the workplace. Out of those surveyed:
• 79% of male workers expressed an interest in returning.
• 61% of female workers expressed an interest in returning.
• About half of the people said they expect to return in some capacity during the summer of 2020.

The survey also covered expectations regarding health and safety. Results showed:
• 79% of the people expect employers to provide hand sanitizer.
• 54% expect employers to require personnel to wear masks.
• 45% expect work stations to be spaced out at least six feet apart.
• 38% expect employers to check temperatures of each person who enters a workplace.

Work In The Future

During the survey, poll takers talked to people about the potential impact of COVID-19 in the future. Around 65% stated that they would be willing to work from home if that would be helpful.

People were also asked about what they would look for in a new position. 60% said they would consider positions that offered remote work options.

These results seem to indicate that while people are eager to return to their offices and a work-related sense of normalcy; many are also interested in the possibility of continuing to work from home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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