After a year of lockdowns that left many American workers working from home or remotely, much of the American workforce may not be anxious to start working outside the home so as restrictions ease across the country.
Twenty-six percent of Americans who work full or part time say their ideal work situation would be to work outside the home. But that doesn’t mean most want to work only from home, either: only 19% say that’s their ideal work situation. Instead, the most popular option is to have some sort of combination, chosen by 41% of American workers. Another 14% would simply prefer not to work at all.
Hybrid preference appears to be widespread, transcending age groups, and it is the top choice of Americans who work both full and part time. There are some differences by gender: although working men and women prefer a mix, men are twice as likely as women to prefer working outside the home, and two-to-one men are prefer to work fully outside the home rather than to work fully. from home or remotely. More women prefer to work inside the home or remotely all the time than to work only outside the home.
This survey was conducted by telephone from April 13 to 18, 2021 with a random sample of 1,011 adults across the country. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Glen Mills, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of standard landlines and cell phones.
The survey used a random numbering methodology. For the landline sample, one respondent was randomly selected from all adults in the household. For the cell sample, interviews were conducted with the person who answered the phone.
Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish with live interviewers. The data has been weighted to reflect US Census figures on demographic variables. The error due to sampling results based on the whole sample could be plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The error for the sample of Americans who work full or part time could be plus or minus 4.3 percentage points. The margin of error includes the effects of standard weighting procedures which slightly increase the sampling error. This survey release complies with the disclosure standards of the National Council on Public Surveys.