Ready They’re Not: New Citrix Survey Finds Employees Reluctant to Return to Office
Despite increased safety measures, majority of US workers polled say they would prefer to continue working from home
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – May 13, 2020 – As the US economy prepares to re-open, businesses are readying plans to return employees to the office. But as the results of a new survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) reveal, a majority of office workers currently working from home due to the coronavirus are reluctant to do so. Despite the relaxing of shelter-in-place orders and increase in safety measures, 64 percent of 2,000 US workers polled say they would not feel comfortable returning to the office for one month or more.
“As companies prepare to restart their operations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it is important that they understand the concerns and expectations employees have for returning to the office,” says Donna Kimmel, Chief People Officer, Citrix. “The vast majority of workers remain anxious and want to be sure that they are not putting themselves or their families at risk and employers must factor this into their plans.”
Asked when they would be comfortable working in an office environment again, 64 percent of employees who responded to the OnePoll survey said in 30 days or more:
When probed on what they would like their employers to require as part of reopening facilities, respondents indicated:
If none of these measures are implemented, 77 percent of employees surveyed said they will either:
And five percent said they will find a job that allows them to work remotely all of the time.
Ironically, a majority of the same respondents indicated that even if such measures are put in place, they will continue to work remote or go to the office only as required until they are eased. If asked to:
What will it take for employees to feel comfortable returning to the office full time? According to the OnePoll survey:
Still, three percent said the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their approach to work and that they don’t ever want to return to an office full time.
“When COVID-19 began its rapid spread and remote work became a mandate, many companies viewed it as a short-term situation,” Kimmel said. “But as this research makes clear, flexible models that accommodate both the home and traditional workforce need to be a permanent part of long-term plans if businesses hope to move forward.”
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Citrix commissioned OnePoll to conduct an online survey of 2,000 office workers in the United States who are currently working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The research was completed between May 2 and May 12, 2020.