Companies want workers back at the office; employees want to stay remote 

    U.S. workers who are being shepherded back to the office would rather continue doing their jobs from home, at least a few days a week.

    It’s not that they hate the idea of returning, but more that they’ve grown to really like the work-from-home life, Bloomberg reports. It’s becoming the big topic of conversation across virtual workplaces, as companies try to get employees to leave their makeshift desks—on kitchen counters and in bedrooms or backyards—for the once-familiar surroundings of the good old office.

    A Wells Fargo/Gallup survey released today finds 42% of 1,094 workers surveyed in August had a positive view of working remotely, versus 14% who viewed it negatively. Almost one-third of the 1,200 U.S. office workers surveyed by consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers in June said they’d prefer to never go back to the office, while 72% said they’d like to work away from the office at least two days a week.

    Until recently, for those lucky enough to still have a job and to be able to do it from home, the question of whether they wanted to return to the office was theoretical. Now the prospect’s real and many larger companies are beginning to call workers back in.  

    A June survey of 1,000 professionals by management consulting firm Korn Ferry asked a simple question: “What are you most looking forward to when you return to the office?” About half pointed to camaraderie with colleagues, though 20% said they looked forward to nothing at all.

    Working from home was viewed much more positively by women than men in the Wells Fargo/Gallup survey—48% to men’s 34%—and many more women than men had actually worked from home before the pandemic. Read the full story.