90% Of Tech Professionals Expect WFH Policies To Stay Post-COVID-19
Blind, which is an anonymous network of more than 3.5 million verified employees, has found that 90% of employees expect flexible work-from-home (WFH) policies to persist after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. For this COVID-19 survey, Blind interviewed some 2,500 employees from leading tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Uber, Intel and Google, among others.
Some 64% of respondents stated they would prefer to continue working from home once COVID-19 restrictions are eased. This could be indicative of employees’ work preferences under all circumstances, or it could reflect professionals feeling that it is not yet safe enough to return to work.
In addition, 64% said that they were less likely to use shared/common spaces once employees were told to return to the office, with 71% of Microsoft employees less likely to utilise such spaces.
While these figures reveal a preference for WFH policies, it is yet to be seen whether employers keep this model on once COVID-19 blows over.
On the one hand, many firms could potentially save a lot on commercial leases by either downsizing or removing offices altogether, particularly in the tech industry, where a lot of work can be done remotely. However, such a decision would hinge on how productivity levels have been maintained over the course of the COVID-19 lockdown.