Morning Consult’s weekly tracker shows a sharp rise in the proportion of employees uneasy about returning to the office as the Omicron infection spreads.
As Omicron infections surge across the U.S., a weekly survey released Wednesday showed U.S. workers are increasingly uneasy about the prospect of returning to the office.
morning consultation weekly tracker Among U.S. adults who normally work in an office but left during the coronavirus pandemic, 43% said on Jan. 6 that they would feel uncomfortable returning to the office. This was the highest reading since September, compared with 35% the previous week.
More than half (55%) of those surveyed last week said they would consider quitting their jobs before returning to the office, a sign that employees are increasingly reluctant to increase their stake from home offices to work face-to-face with office colleagues.
Vaccination requirements also rose last week, with the percentage of employees who said they would only be willing to return to the office after all colleagues had been vaccinated climbed to 61% from 57% the previous week.
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told CNBC on Monday that all of the bank’s employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can go to the office.
Citibank, which warned its employees in October that they would either need to be stabbed or face losing their jobs, said last week that workers who failed to comply by Friday would be placed on unpaid leave, showing the door, according to Bloomberg. reported by the end of January, unless they have a medical or religious exemption.
But even a fully vaxxed office may not be enough for employees to give up the flexibility of remote work.
Positive perceptions of working away from the office are growing, with the percentage of employees who said they prefer to work remotely rose last week, as did the percentage of those who said they were more productive in their remote work arrangements.
with Americans quit the job With record numbers, and businesses struggling to fill a near-record number of job openings, companies that do have the ability to offer remote work options could have an edge in a tight labor market.
The percentage of workers who said they were more likely to apply for jobs that offered remote work options last week reached 80 percent, according to Morning Consult’s tracker.