- May 15, 2020
Talk of returning to an office — albeit a much different one, and some cases, smaller — has begun to percolate in businesses nationwide.
But getting employees to embrace the office again could be a big challenge for some executives and landlords, according to a new survey from real estate data firm Clever. To start with, 63% of respondents say they prefer working remotely to a traditional office, and nearly 30% say they plan to continue to work remotely in the future, even after the pandemic, the survey found.
Another looming issue: less than one-fourth, 24%, of those currently working in an office feel safe at work, according to the survey, which polled 1,000 employees nationwide. In addition, more than half, 56%, of poll respondents say their company is not taking appropriate safety measures regarding COVID-19 protocols. The survey asked the respondents what would make them feel more comfortable in an office environment. Answers included:
• Everyone wears a mask (62%)
• Easy access to sanitizing equipment (62%)
• Deep cleaning each evening (57%)
• Properly distanced desks (56%)
• Sanitizing AC system (52%)
• Temperature/symptom checks each morning (50%)
• Weekly COVID-19 testing (44%)
• Vaccines for all workers (34%)