Should employees continue to work from home after the pandemic?
Shalom Lamm, the New York real estate investor, believes like dozens of other senior CEOs believe that employees should get back to work instead of working from home. The logic, of course, is that working in the office and rubbing shoulders with others in the office is more likely to encourage a productive, cohesive spirit and camaraderie. But unfortunately for Lamm and many other conservative CEOs, the cat can be out of the bag for work in the home trend, so to speak.
First of all, it should be made clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Only around 37.5 percent of the US has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and around half of the US has been partially vaccinated. Dr. Andrew Faucci, the president’s chief medical officer, suggests that at least 70 to 85 percent of the US may be fully vaccinated for the situation to return to normal. And even at 70 percent, it could be January 2022 for the US to hit those numbers.
In the meantime, companies are finding it extremely difficult to fill even jobs like food service that definitely cannot be done at home. Conservative Republicans blame the difficulty of finding workers for additional federal unemployment benefits they feel are too generous and encourage workers to sit at home and do nothing.
Because of this factor, so far 21 states have chosen to prematurely end their participation in the federal government’s additional $ 600 benefits, which are expected to last until Labor Day. While federal benefits may end soon, it doesn’t mean millions are simply returning to work normally.
People say that one of the effects of the COVID pandemic, especially on women with children, is they are re-evaluating the pros and cons of working so hard and getting their kids to daycare. And it’s not just women either. Men rate their overall quality of life for a paycheck.
As a result, most companies are now being forced to pay up to $ 2 or more an hour to attract workers to return. Okay, but what does this have to do with office workers? Well, it turns out that working at home has changed the general work environment.
According to Global Workforce Dynamics, while only a small fraction of the population actually works online right now, by the end of 2021, when the pandemic is supposed to end, 25 to 30 percent of all workers who could work online will be doing so several days a week.
From the employer’s perspective, Global Workforce Dynamics estimates that a company can save around $ 11,000 a year for every half-time employee.
Meanwhile, USA Today reports that a survey of over a thousand professionals found that nearly 30 percent would quit instead of being forced to go back to work.
Shalom Lamm knows that while there are many good reasons for and against working at home, the cat is likely out of the bag, although some research has shown that office workers are more productive.