As the COVID-19 pandemic outbroke, working from home was the best - and only available option - for employees. Regardless of the business module, niche, and size, every single enterprise was compelled to mandate that their workforce operated from home. In turn, it was a win-win situation since both the employees and the employers were quite happy with remote work.
Nevertheless, working from home was something that all employees wanted even before the pandemic. But most companies were better off with in-office work. They were either not prepared to let their employees work from the comfort of their homes. Or, they were uncertain about productivity and efficiency. However, the last three years have proved this archaic concept of in-office wrong. It turns out that employees can work from home without leveraging their competency and productivity.
American Employees Do Not Want to Work From Home Anymore
With all that said, there is another side of the coin as well. As companies are opening back, some of them want to continue remote work. But the catch is that employees are not ready for remote work anymore. A recent report from PWC shows that 52% of US employees want to return to the office.
“Based on our latest data, 11% of full-time employees prefer to work from the office,” says the report from PWC. “While 62% assert that they would like to visit their office for part-time work. Likewise, 55% of managers also agree that their employees can not keep up with the remote work anymore - as offices are opening back up.”
However, there is a reason behind that. “While working from home for like three years, these employees miss their office interactions. They can not find that flavor back home,” says the report from PWC. Furthermore, the report lists a few critical reasons.
Here is why American employees do not want to work from home anymore:
They Miss Catching Up With Their Colleagues
It is apparent that as you work from the office, you spend your whole day actively catching up with people. Be it the coworkers, colleagues, office friends, or managers. You make a human interaction. This is not true if you are working from home.
So, as they continue working from home, they miss the human feeling and the interactions. In turn, they want to return to the office.
They Struggle With the Office & Work Mode
It is no secret that your environment determines your productivity. For example, if you work from the office - which is designed for work - you are very likely to be more proactive and productive.
On the other hand, if you are sitting alone and working from home, you may struggle with making your work tempo. This is what exactly most American employees think. And they want to get back to the office.
Other Reasons for Hating Remote Work
The PWC also lists some other reasons that make American employees hate remote work. These include:
- Struggling with balancing work and domestic affairs.
- Frequent disturbance at home.
- Lack of essential tools.