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Many Employees Would Quit, Before Being Forced Back to the Office Before They Felt it Was Safe

Updated: Nov 2, 2021


By: Peyton Shelburne

This tracker is part of a series from Morning Consult gauging when consumers will return to normal activities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and sign up for alerts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the traditional U.S. office model, forcing companies to rethink their policies on remote work as they consider the benefits and drawbacks, and creating challenges for nearly every type of workplace. To help employers navigate this new reality,

Morning Consult is closely tracking employees’ perceptions about working remotely, their comfort levels in returning to the office and traveling for work, and future considerations about company policies on remote work. The primary demographic group tracked on this page are “current remote workers,” which refers to U.S. adults who usually work from an office but are working remotely due to the pandemic.

Morning Consult is tracking pent-up demand and excitement for many of the activities listed on this page. Bookmark this page for weekly updates of these figures, and read our deep dive on which industries will see a post-pandemic boom in consumer demand.


KEY TAKEAWAYS


More Than Two-Thirds of Current Remote Workers Would Feel Comfortable Returning to the Office: Twenty-nine percent still feel uncomfortable returning at this time.

About Half of Workers Would Consider Quitting if Their Employer Asked Them to Return to the Office Before They Felt Safe: Additionally, Sixty-eight percent of current remote workers want all their coworkers to be vaccinated before they return to an office.

The Majority of Workers Enjoy Remote Work: Eighty-five percent of current remote workers enjoy working remotely. Furthermore, 74 percent of remote workers reported that they are more productive, and a similar share would be more likely to apply for a job that offers a remote work option.

The Share of Americans Who Feel Comfortable Traveling for Work Plateaus:Forty-seven percent would feel comfortable with domestic travel for work, but only 27 percent would be comfortable traveling internationally for work. Forty-five percent of Americans would feel comfortable attending a work conference, and a similar share would feel comfortable going to an office party.

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