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HRE’s number of the day: The way we work

Here’s how many employees think COVID-19 has changed the way we work for the better.
By: | June 23, 2020 • 2 min read


57: Percentage of U.S. workers who believe the coronavirus has changed the way we work for the better.

With almost one in three employees considering the office to be a thing of the past, a majority of employees believe the impacts of COVID-19 on workers have made the employee experience better, according to new data from personal finance site Wallethub.

What it means to HR leaders

As the economy restarts, company leaders need to consider how social-distancing restrictions change how the workplace functions.

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“I believe that this change will become more of the norm unless employees themselves choose to spend more time in the office,” says Karen M. McGrath, assistant professor of finance at the Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University.

While flexible work arrangements had been gaining traction prior to the pandemic, COVID-19 pushed employers to quickly restrategize the day-to-day way employees remain productive.

Read all HRE’s remote work coverage here

Will this the remote workforce last forever? If both employers and employees see value in it, then absolutely, says McGrath.

Facebook and Twitter have weighed in on making remote work a permanent perk, while Microsoft is allowing remote work until at least the fall and Google until 2021.

“If workplace flexibility is an expected employee perk, then employers will continue to offer that benefit to hire and retain quality people, which should be a prime the goal of the employer,” McGrath adds. “So as long as productivity remains strong, and employees experience greater job satisfaction, then I do not see things changing.”

Nick Otto is HRE’s senior digital editor. He is a professional communicator with more than a decade of demonstrated accomplishments in newspaper and trade publishing. He has spent the past five years covering the employee benefits space and holds bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. He can be reached at notto@lrp.com or follow him on twitter @Ottografs.

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