Employee expectations after 2 years of working from home

We commissioned a survey of 2,000 remote and hybrid workers across the U.S. about their experiences and their expectations of the workweek. One thing’s for certain—it’s not 2020 anymore.

The past two years have triggered immense and unpredictable social and economic transformation. We’ve all seen it. We’ve all felt it. The world’s fundamentally changed. Perhaps nowhere is that transformation more apparent than in how Americans think about their jobs.

We commissioned a random double-opt-in survey of 2,000 Americans working remotely (both fully remote and hybrid) to uncover just how much their expectations of the workweek have changed.

See Survey Methodology

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).

Here’s what the survey found:

For the foreseeable future, the five-day in-office workweek is done.



do not expect to return to an office five days a week



prefer working completely remote



prefer a hybrid work environment

The option to work remotely is essential to recruiting the best talent.

There’s nothing quite like the comfort of home.

Employers take note: onboarding matters more than you may think.



believe that they can predict whether they’ll like a new job based solely on the onboarding process

Just because employees aren’t in the office, doesn’t mean their IT and equipment expectations have changed.

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