Going back to the office or job site after so much time working from home amid COVID-19 feels a little like going back to school. Some are excited, others aren’t thrilled but will do what they have to do and the remainder do not want to return on-site — at all. Yet they all want to keep their jobs. But how will their employers feel about that?
Digital.com, an independent review website for small-business online tools, products and services, published a recent report on how American companies plan to operate in a post-pandemic workplace. The survey garnered responses from 1,500 small-business owners and focused on remote work during the pandemic as well as plans for resuming in-person work.
Results show that 4 out of 10 employers will terminate workers who won’t go back to work on-site full time.
Almost half of the survey respondents said most job functions require in-person attendance, and 45% had concerns about a decline in productivity while working remotely.
However, in contrast, only 10% of employers will make remote work mandatory, and 17% said employees will follow a hybrid schedule of on-site and remote work.
“One critical takeaway from this survey is that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to post-pandemic workplace strategies,” said Digital’s small-business expert Dennis Consorte. “Many business owners want mandatory in-person attendance. They need to get direct feedback from workers, mitigate fears about the virus and demonstrate empathy about other concerns before making such an impactful decision.”
See the full report at digital.com/39-percent-of-employers-will-fire-workers-refusing-to-come-in-to-work/.