In the aftermath of the pandemic, remote work has become increasingly common and in a recent survey, more than half of remote workers said they would rather quit their jobs than return to the office before feeling safe. .
The Morning Consultation found that from January 6, 55 percent of remote workers would seriously consider leaving their jobs rather than going back to the office if they felt it was not safe. In other words an increase of 10 percent from just a week earlier and a 20 percent jump from December when only 35 percent of remote workers expressed a willingness to quit before returning to a personal work environment.
The increase in workers not feeling safe returning to an office has been linked to the Omicron variant, as COVID cases are currently reaching record numbers in the United States. Dr Fauci said that “Omicron, with its extraordinary, unprecedented degree of portability efficiency, will eventually find just about everyone.”
The most recent boom has served as a stark reminder that, despite the vaccine and attempts to return to a degree of normality, we are still living in a pandemic. And the idea of returning to an office at a time like this seems unnecessary and frightening to a majority of working Americans.
By December 2021, the return to office life seemed to be officially underway, as 40 percent of workers in the 10 largest business districts in America returned to their offices. But Omicron dropped that number to 17.5 percent by the end of the month.
While the future of office life remains uncertain, one thing is quite clear: as long as we are in a global pandemic, a significant number of workers will continue to work remotely for the safety of themselves and their loved ones.