HRE’s number of the day: remote work optimism

55: Percentage of U.S. workers who say their industry can succeed when working from home

A majority of employees say their industry can succeed when people work from home, according to the latest LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index. Optimism is highest in fields such as software, finance and media, the report finds. Unsurprisingly, resistance to work from home success is highest in industries like healthcare, manufacturing and retail.

What it means to HR leaders

The LinkedIn report is the latest to indicate workers’ confidence in working remotely. Glassdoor also recently found that 60% of employees are confident that they can do their job efficiently while working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that employers have been forced to embrace the working arrangement due to the pandemic–and find that many employees are happier and just as productive doing so–many experts predict that employers might continue the option post-pandemic.

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In fact, Twitter just announced it will give its employees the option to work from home “forever” following the coronavirus pandemic that pushed the employer to embrace the working arrangement. The social media company said Tuesday that it won’t open its offices back up until at least September, but employees won’t have to come back to the office–ever–if they don’t want to.

Related: Twitter tells employees they can work from home ‘forever’

“The past few months have proven we can make that work,” Jennifer Christie, the company’s vice president of people, said in a blog post on Twitter’s website. “So if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen. If not, our offices will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when we feel it’s safe to return.”

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Kathryn Mayer
Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s former benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver.