There’s a lot of uncertainty in the air about if and when companies should ask remote employees to return to the workplace, provide a hybrid option, or simply stick with remote work. That uncertainty seems to be translating to the workforce itself, as American employees have had trouble deciding over the past few weeks whether or not they’re comfortable going back to the office as we head into springtime.
Last week, comfort with working increased six percentage points, landing at just under 7 in 10 American workers who say they’d be comfortable at work right now (69%). That jump comes immediately after a four-point drop in comfort the prior week.
Looking at the bigger picture of Americans’ comfort with day-to-day activities, the recent increase in workplace comfort makes sense – U.S. adults also reported feeling more comfortable with eating out, traveling, and going to movies and big events last week. The ongoing CivicScience COVID Comfort Index rose accordingly, from 58.5 to 61.3 – its biggest weekly increase since the end of October. Check out our weekly COVID Check-In for more details.
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