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U.S. Workers Discovering Affinity for Remote Work

U.S. Workers Discovering Affinity for Remote Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- American workers are increasingly doing their jobs from home as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and the latest Gallup Panel data show that they are warming up to the experience.

Employers have had to become agile in response to the pandemic. Since mid-March, Gallup has been tracking how U.S. workers have been dealing with the disruptions to their lives and their jobs. The percentage of workers who say their employer is offering them flex time or remote work options has grown from 39% at that time to 57% in the latest polling, conducted March 30-April 2.

Sixty-two percent of employed Americans currently say they have worked from home during the crisis, a number that has doubled since mid-March.

Line graph. Percentage of U.S. workers saying they are working remotely has doubled to 62% from mid-March to early April 2020.

Three in five U.S. workers who have been doing their jobs from home during the coronavirus pandemic would prefer to continue to work remotely as much as possible, once public health restrictions are lifted. In contrast, 41% would prefer to return to their workplace or office to work, as they did before the crisis.

Workers Taking to Remote Work Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Once restrictions on businesses and school closures are lifted, if your employer left it up to you, would you prefer to:
U.S. adults
Work remotely as much as possible 59
Return to working at your office as much as you previously did 41
Based on U.S. workers who are working from home as a result of the coronavirus situation
GALLUP PANEL, March 28-April 2, 2020

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