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Poll Finds Many Remote Workers Want to Stay Where They Are

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jul 15, 2021
Working From Home

A recent poll has found that remote workers in general, but particularly millennials and women, want to remain remote workers, in contrast to their bosses, who would prefer that they come to the office, CPA Practice Advisor reported.

The 3,600-person survey, conducted by The Conference Board between May 28 and June 4, found that 43 percent of workers overall are questioning the need to return to the office entirely, and not even considering hybrid days. What's more, the lower down on the hierarchy one is, the more likely it is one will ask this question, as 53 percent of "individual contributors" have been doing so, compared to just 18 percent of CEOs. 

Fifty percent of women are also more likely to want to work entirely remotely, compared to 33 percent of men. Further, 55 percent of millennials think the same thing, compared to other generations (presumably, millennial women are the most likely to want to stay remote). 

While, in previous months, the primary motivation for those questioning a return to the office was fear of the coronavirus, at this point, it's mainly concern about stress and burnout. Basically, those who would really prefer to be entirely remote believe that staying at home has been better for their mental health and emotional well being than going to the office. The poll found that 61 percent of women and 70 percent of millennials had this concern. 

In contrast, CEOs, men, and Baby Boomers were the largest cohorts to have no concerns about returning to the workplace.