Insights from Gensler's US Work From Home survey 2020

Across California, indoor businesses have been shut down again since last week including the non-essential business offices. 

Working From Home has been a new norm for the past few months, and we would like to share some public opinion from Gensler's US Work From Home survery 2020. (*Gensler is one of the best known global architecture and design firm.)

The study was conducted over 2300+ full time US office workers at companies of 100 or more people across 10 different industries from April 16 to May 4, 2020.  Here are the main findings from the study:

  1. Only 12% of US workers want to work from home full time
  2. Younger generations are less productive at home
  3. People expect to return to a different workplace

Let's see more in details for the each points!

1. Only 12% of US workers want to work from home full time

Most want to spend the majority of their normal workweek at the office, while maintaining the ability to work from home for part of the week.

Gensler Research Institute on majority of US workers want to return to office

Furthermore, the study surprisingly shows that 44% of people wants to return to office 100%.  And the top reasons employees want to come to the office are as follows:

Gensler Institute Research on reasons why employees want to return to office

  1. 74% - People are what they miss most about the office
  2. 55% - Collaborating with others is easier at office
  3. 51% - Staying up to date on what others are working on is easier at office

Younger respondents are most likely to say that they are struggling to stay up to date while working from home. 

2. Younger generations are less productive at home

Gensler Institute Research on how  employees feel of working from home

 Despite their technological preparedness for mobile work, younger workers report a far more challenging experience working from home than their older peers. They are less likely to feel as if they’ve made a difference or completed the work they needed to do at the end of a typical workday, according to survey responses.  

3. People expect to return to a different workplace

Gensler Institute Research on what employees to expect on office

What employees rank as most important to making them feel comfortable returning to the workplace are shown above.  

In summary, people want to return to a different workplace: more space, less desk sharing, and more support for mobile and virtual work. 

There are things each company can implement in-house immediately, or things that may require professional service such as changing the office layout.  Please contact us for creative office space solutions!

 

*Credit: Gensler Research Institute 

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