• Ready To Return? Most Workers Say OK.


    Data based on poll of 1,124 U.S. workers fielded in August 2021.
    Data based on poll of 1,124 U.S. workers fielded in August 2021.

    By Rohit Diwadkar
    CoStar News
    More than a year into the pandemic, a majority of workers say they are ready to return to the office.
    The acceptance comes as many employers are still wrestling with work policies. The spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus has led some to delay return-to-office plans, while others have adopted hybrid arrangements or are moving to require workers to be vaccinated or show proof of negative COVID-19 tests.

    According to a recent survey by the Harris Poll and Fortune, about 72% of Americans say they are very or somewhat comfortable returning to work given the current state of the pandemic. About 42% said they don't mind if some coworkers remain unvaccinated, while 33% of workers polled said they would return to the office with unvaccinated coworkers only if their employer required them to and the remaining 25% said they would not return under such circumstances.

    Within the group of workers who said they’re uncomfortable heading back into the office, Gen Z employees, those age 18 to 24, were most likely to say they’re uncomfortable returning to work fully in person. About a third of those workers said they were uncomfortable returning, compared to roughly 1 in 4 millennials and Gen X employees and 31% of baby boomers. Also, about a third of the women surveyed expressed discomfort, compared to about a quarter of men.

    The poll included responses from 1,124 U.S. workers weighted to represent the U.S. adult population who were interviewed in August. It carries a 95% confidence level that the margin of error is no more than plus or minus 3 percentage points.
    Source: CoStar Group, www.costar.com