HRE number of the day: remote work after COVID-19

Where do employees want to work after the pandemic and what does that mean for HR leaders?
By: | May 6, 2020 • 2 min read

77%: Percentage of employees who want to continue working from home

Source: Global Workplace Analytics survey

More than three-quarters of the workforce wants to continue working from home at least weekly even after stay-at-home orders are lifted, findings from the Global Work-from-Home Experience Survey reveal. That’s a 132 percent increase over those who wanted to work from home before coronavirus.


What it means to HR leaders

Office space needs, workplace design and remote work policies and practices are just a few of the areas that will need careful review in coming months.

“One of the big questions we wanted the survey to answer was what the long-term impact the crisis would have on the future of the office,” says Dr. Anita Kamouri, co-founder of Iometrics and one of the researchers who fielded the survey. “Based on what we’re seeing, if employees get their way, they’ll be spending three days a week at the office and two at home.”

Related:What to consider as you write your return-to-work strategy

Other items of note for HR leaders from the study: Distractions and interruptions are significantly fewer at home (73 minutes per day in the office vs. 35 minutes a day at home); only 6% of those surveyed would not want work at home in the future; and when working alone, employees say they are productive 75% of the time at home vs. 63% at the office.

For more on the survey, which is still open, click here.

Elizabeth Clarke is executive editor of Human Resource Executive. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Florida and then spent more than 25 years as a reporter and editor in South Florida before joining HRE. Elizabeth lives with her family in Palm Beach County. She can be reached at

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