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How Do Employees Feel About Working From Home? I Asked 2,000 People – Here’s What They Shared

By | Robert Glazer | Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author and Speaker | Founder & CEO @ Acceleration Partners

We’re now a year into a massive remote work experiment driven by necessity and marked with trial and error. Now, as companies weigh their future with remote work, leaders must shift from helping their company survive virtual work, to helping their employees thrive while working from home.

For 14 years, I’ve been the founder and CEO of a 100 percent remote company. I’m passionate about sharing the efficacy of a flexible work environment supported by virtual work, and I decided to take a pulse of the present state of remote work to help predict the model’s future. I surveyed my readership of over 100,000 people with five high-level questions about remote work.

The survey struck a chord. Nearly 2,000 people responded within a few days—CEOs, department heads, managers and individual contributors. Despite our team’s considerable experience with remote work, even I was surprised by the results. Here’s what you need to know.

Remote Work Is Here To Stay

While companies as large as Twitter and Dropbox have already committed to a remote-friendly future, others remain unconvinced. Netflix CEO Reid Hastings referred to remote work as “a pure negative,” while Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon called it, “an aberration that we’re going to correct as soon as possible.” Their comments have prompted questions of just how prevalent remote work will be going forward.

The data from the survey was pretty clear that most employees don’t want to return to the office every day, or even most days. While 52 percent of respondents worked in an office every day before the pandemic, only two percent want to return to the office full-time. In fact, 68 percent of respondents clarified they want to work from home either most of the time, or every day.

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