According to a study, the majority of Americans would rather change careers than work in person five days a week

The workweek in the United States has fundamentally changed—only 1 in 15 remote workers expects to be back in the office five days a week.

In a recent survey of 2,000 fully remote or hybrid remote workers, more than a third (35 percent) of respondents said they would not consider a new job unless it included the option to work remotely .

Most Americans would rather work from home than go back to the office

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More than three-quarters (76 percent) said they would apply for a job outside of their current industry, even if it were completely remote.

That may be because 77 percent found simple pleasure in working from the comfort of their own home.

These include more frequent coffee or snack breaks (54 percent), more family time (51 percent), a more casual dress code (50 percent), and more comfortable seating (50 percent).

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of lappingThe survey also found that a variety of workers prefer some time in an office – 39 percent prefer a hybrid work environment, compared to 24 percent who prefer working entirely remotely.

But while engineering or IT workers were most excited about a mixed role (50 percent), arts and entertainment workers would rather be fully in the office (54 percent).

Despite the benefits and convenience of remote work that many respondents cited, it also comes with challenges. The remote environment has made it more difficult for people to communicate with their colleagues and managers (48 percent), get their work recognized (44 percent), and maintain a work-life balance (44 percent).

These challenges can become particularly acute when employees leave the company or take on new roles remotely. This is important for employers in a tight market, as eight in ten remote workers believe the onboarding process can help them predict whether a new job will appeal to them.

Respondents identified some issues they faced when starting and entering a new job remotely.

Seven in 10 find it tedious to get the necessary software and office equipment, and the same number said it is all the more difficult to get to know their colleagues and bosses.

Employees who moved to a new team within the same company also experienced difficulties, including connecting with their former colleagues and managers (70 percent).

“For the foreseeable future, companies will have to find ways to support a distributed workforce, but it’s still hard work for many organizations. For example, companies often struggle to onboard a remote worker, whether it’s sending them a computer or enrolling them in the right benefits,” said Christine Maxwell, Rippling’s vice president of human resources. “This survey makes it clear that companies adapt and find modern solutions to support their workforce.”

The big resignation has raised high expectations, with seven out of ten employees saying they expect reimbursement for certain expenses.

More than a third expect office furniture to be reimbursed, and half expect the company to pay for additional software that makes working remotely easier.

“Businesses must continue to adapt to this new normal and meet the new demands within an organization. It’s a struggle for companies to simply collect a laptop when a remote employee leaves the company. That didn’t exist when everyone was in the office five days a week,” said Christine Maxwell, Rippling’s vice president of human resources. “Today, companies can automatically store, ship, and retrieve employee computers with the click of a button. There are dozens of different problems that you can easily automate that combine to improve the experience for your employees and have a significant impact on the business.”

WHICH INDUSTRIES WANT TO BE FULLY REMOTE THE MOST?

  • Event planning – 52 percent
  • Health, Medical, Fitness and/or Wellness – 25 percent
  • Education – 25 percent
  • Construction – 23 percent
  • Human resources – 22 percent
  • Technology/computer science – 15 percent
  • Finance/Insurance – 15 percent
  • Arts and entertainment – 13 percent
Americans who work in event planning prefer to work remotely more than any other profession

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