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Nearly Two-Thirds of American Workers Are Planning a Professional Change as a Result of COVID-19

In the fifth wave of a national survey among American adults, Weber Shandwick and United Minds, the firm’s management consultancy specializing in transformation, in partnership with KRC Research, have found that 61 percent of U.S. workers are contemplating professional or lifestyle changes that will impact the workplace going forward. In addition, some form of remote work will be a permanent solution for nearly half of American employees. Key findings include:

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  • 41 percent of U.S. workers say they plan to work from home full- or part-time in the future;
  • A higher proportion of workers with children (52 percent) say they plan to work from home full- or part-time in the future than those without children (33 percent);
  • 11 percent plan to change jobs.

Additionally, a large majority want their respective company to take a stand on equitable work practices, with 81 percent of employees saying it is important for their employer to reiterate zero tolerance for discrimination and harassment – an indicator of evolving expectations of employers that will impact the workplace.

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Since March 2020, Weber Shandwick, United Minds and KRC Research have conducted ongoing surveys to explore consumer and employee attitudes about the response to COVID-19. In the latest survey, taken between September 2-3, 2020, respondents were asked questions related to remote work, including support and flexibility from employers, and how their ways of working may change permanently as a result of the pandemic. In addition to changes in how people work, the findings show rising comfort and productivity levels among employees working from home, and continued fear about returning to the physical workplace due to COVID-19.

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