How many of us do work from home?

Answer: 59%


Do you prefer to work at the office or from home? How would working from home be different from working in the office? You have two vacancies. One offers the opportunity to work from home, the other does not, but has a better salary and secondary benefits. Which would you choose?

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Behind the Numbers (Pew Research Center):

Nearly two years after the COVID-19 pandemic, about six in 10 U.S. workers who say their work can be done primarily from home (59%) are working from home all or most of the time. The vast majority of these workers, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center (83 percent) found they were working from home before the ommicron variety began to spread in the U.S. Worked from home worked from home all or most of the time, but it’s still much higher than the 23% who says he often telecommutes before the coronavirus outbreak.

The drive to work from home has shifted significantly since 2020. Today, more workers say they would rather do this of their own free will than out of necessity. Of those who have a workplace away from home, 61% now say they choose not to go to their workplace, while 38% say they work from home because their workplace is closed or unavailable to them. Earlier in the pandemic, the exact opposite was true: 64% said they worked from home because their office was closed, and 36% said they chose to work from home.”

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Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love of learning. He studied business administration at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and spent several years in sports marketing. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee and Minnesota, the call for education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin, where he was a Business Administration and Marketing teacher for three years. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing basketball, reading and fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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