STUDY: Most People Would Prefer To Work From Home Even After The Pandemic Is Over

CHARLOTTE, NC. —   Across the country, COVID restrictions are beginning to loosen, more businesses opening back up. Exciting for some, but for others — the thought of going back to the office after working from home for months — not so much.

An IBM study found that 75% of respondents would prefer to work from home at least occasionally. At the same time, 54% want work from home to become their primary way of working.

Charlotte resident and newlywed Joshua Adams works in sales.

“Just recently got married, so that was pretty exciting. Being able to spend time with the wife and stay home with her while she’s working from home as well has definitely been a nice touch,” says Adams.

Dr. Frank Gaskill is a psychologist. He says working from home is a double-edged sword: you get the flexibility, but there’s also isolation.

“If you’re an introvert, this is good. But if you’re an extrovert and you want to go out, and you want to socialize, then you’re going to get really anxious. I’ve got a lot of clients that are kind of depressed and very anxious,” says Dr. Gaskill.

83% of employers say even after the pandemic is over, they plan to put more flexible work policies in place, like allowing more people to work from home or letting them adjust their schedules. That’s according to a recent survey of nearly 800 employers by Mercer, an HR and workplace benefits consulting firm.