Working From Home Survey: 55% of Employees Want to Make it Permanent

Every day, hundreds of thousands of professionals use Fishbowl, a workplace social network for verified employees. This allows us to survey these employees on trending, work-related topics.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced employees to switch from a formal workplace to an at-home office to help prevent the spread of the virus. In our recent surveys, we have discovered that 54% fear layoffs at their company, 42% of workers drink while working from home, and 55% of professional employees are now working more hours than before the pandemic.

This prompted us to find out how many employees would actually prefer to continue working from home permanently. We asked professionals one question:

“If your company approved, would you choose to work from home permanently?”

Professionals could answer with one of two options, and the survey ran from May 20 through May 23, 2020. The survey was answered by over 17,000 verified professionals on the Fishbowl app from across the U.S. Respondents could answer with A) Yes or B) No. Respondents included employees at companies such as IBM, JP Morgan, Facebook, McKinsey, Deloitte, Bank of America, Amazon, Edelman, Nike, Google, KPMG, and thousands of others.

Here’s what we discovered:

  • 55% Choosing WFH - 54.64% of respondents answered that they would choose working from home as the new normal. Of the 17,605 professionals that responded, 9,619 answered that they would choose to work from home even after the quarantine period.
  • By Gender- When looking at results by gender, the majority of both genders said they would permanently work from home. A total of 8,196 women responded to the survey with 59.37% answering that they would choose to work from home permanently. (The data for each gender can be found HERE).
  • By Industry - Tech employees had the highest percentage of employees preferring to permanently work from home, with 68.41%, followed by Advertising and Marketing employees with 61.74%. These were the only two industries with more than 60% preferring to permanently work from home.  Conversely, K-12 Teachers were the only group with less than half preferring to work from home, with 33.57%. The next lowest was Human Resources, with 50.81%.
  • By State - Among states with more than 100 responses, Missouri had the highest percentage of respondents who answered they would opt for working from home with 61.61%. Following closely behind were Virginia (61.37%) and New Jersey (60.25%). 
South Carolina had the lowest percentage of employees who would prefer to permanently work from home, with just 41.72%. Following behind South Carolina were Pennsylvania (45.81%) Minnesota (49.49%). These were also the only three states in which a majority of respondents said they would not prefer to permanently work from home.

A blog post with more information can be found here:

Fishbowl is a workplace social network that connects professionals through transparent conversations. Professionals come to Fishbowl daily to discuss industry-specific news and share career advice with peers and senior leadership in an open, positive, and supportive environment. The platform is currently accessible through its mobile app available on iOS and Android devices and is free for all users.
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