Study: 87% would work from home if they could | Editorials
It was in March 2020 when companies across the country started asking their employees to work from home. Two and a half years later, organizations have created new standards that show flexible working days are no longer a response to COVID-19 but a feature of the modern workplace.
According to a recent survey of 25,000 Americans last spring by real estate consultant McKinsey & Co., 58% of respondents said they were allowed to work from home at least one day a week. And when employees have the ability to work flexibly – in the office some days, out of the office others – 87% of them take it up.
“What makes these numbers particularly remarkable is that respondents work in all kinds of jobs, in all parts of the country and in all sectors of the economy, including jobs traditionally labeled ‘blue collar’ which may require on-site labor as well as “white collar” occupations,” McKinsey & Co. reported in June.
The last day of the work week has increasingly become the day to skip the office, The Washington Post reported in July. According to Kastle Systems, which provides security services for 2,600 buildings nationwide, 30% of employees reported for work Friday last June. That’s compared to 41% on Monday, the day with the second-lowest turnout, and 50% on Tuesday, when the largest share of workers are in the office.
“We’re in a moment of economic flux trying to figure out what work is like,” Rachel Blakeman, director of Purdue University’s Fort Wayne Community Research Institute, told the Gazette Journal. “Employees who have been able to successfully perform their work-related duties from home for months or even a year or more before being called back to the office and have enjoyed working from home are rightly asking why they have to be in the office. , especially when the office may be sparsely populated.
Blakeman said she hasn’t seen any data to inform her of how flexible work weeks are going in Allen County, but working from home requires “a degree of economic privilege” that people do not speak.
“Clerical jobs with a work-from-home capability tend to be filled by people with bachelor’s degrees,” she said. “Many industries and professions with a strong local presence – think health care providers, production workers, retail clerks, warehouse storekeepers, classroom teachers – are not really compatible with working from home on Fridays or working from home any day.