A quarter of telecommuting enthusiasts would rather change jobs than return to the office
Many Dutch workers are not eager to return to the office full time once the population is vaccinated and the coronavirus pandemic is under control. Almost half of those who work from home would prefer to continue doing so at least a few days a week. A quarter of them would even find a new job rather than return to the office full-time, according to the discount website Acties.nl, in a survey of more than a thousand employees who regularly work at home.
More time and freedom were the main reasons many respondents wanted to continue working from home for as long as possible. 43% feared that returning to the office would disrupt their work-life balance. This is especially true for young workers under the age of 30, where 55 percent cited this concern. A third of respondents said they would be less productive in the office.
Highly educated workers were more likely to consider a job change instead of returning to the office full time, with 35% giving this consideration. People with a middle education level were the least likely to change jobs, although a quarter said they would think about it if their current employer forced them to return to the office full-time.
Young women were more likely to prefer working from home, at least some of the time. 62% of women aged 18 to 29 said they only wanted to return to the office a few days a week. Men over 40 were the most eager to return to the office, with just 35 percent still wanting to work from home part-time.