Though the number of COVID-19 variant Omicron cases keeps surging, it is not deterring employed people from returning to the office as a new year approaches.
A new One Poll survey revealed that nearly 9 out of 10 Americans are thrilled to return to work in 2022.
More specifically, 87% of the 803 polled are prepared to work full-time again in person and no longer want virtual meetings. Sixty percent want to catch up with co-workers and mingle with new ones. Workers were asked about how they will look at their jobs next year.
Some 48% are excited by both the chance for in-person meetings as well as sitting and working at their desks again. Around 47% are ready to wear business attire, 46% want to venture out to lunch again, and 40% are OK with commuting once more. Up to now, just 14% have gone back to a physical workplace. And 21% don’t see themselves going back to an office.
Nevertheless, 66% reported making small talk with co-workers they haven’t seen physically for some time gives them anxiety. Actually, 60% of respondents even said they wished they could permanently work from home to avoid social awkwardness.