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The workweek is changing—here’s what the future may hold

Nathaniel BrewsterMar 10, 2022

We’ll come right out and say it—93% of Americans currently working at least partially remotely do not expect to return to an office five days a week. A noteworthy statistic, but not altogether surprising. The past two years have fundamentally changed the way Americans think about their jobs.

We recently commissioned a random double-opt-in survey of 2,000 remote and hybrid workers across the U.S. to uncover how opinions on the American workweek have changed since the start of the pandemic.* That 93% statistic noted above is just one of 10 key findings showcased in our analysis: The New Workweek: Employee expectations after two years of working from home.

These findings raise questions for organizations across the country. How should a business adapt its policies to reflect its employees' evolving sentiments? How will they act on those policies, especially with regards to key moments in an employee’s tenure like onboarding, offboarding, hardware and software changes, and performance reviews? 

The organizations that can balance the shifting perspectives of their employees with the demands of their business, will be those that emerge from the pandemic more productive, agile, and resilient. And while there may be no simple answers to the challenges that have arisen as a result of two years of remote work, solutions become easier to uncover when the evolving opinions of American workers are accounted for. 

See the survey findings

*Survey Methodology: This random double-opt-in survey of 2,000 Americans working remotely (fully remote and hybrid) was commissioned by Rippling between February 3 and February 4, 2022. It was conducted by market research company OnePoll, whose team members are members of the Market Research Society and have corporate membership to the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).