A new Ipsos survey in partnership with the World Economic Forum finds an average of 23% employed adults across 29 countries reporting they are now working from home more often than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic. The proportion of adults who are working from home more frequently is greater than one-third among those surveyed in Peru, Singapore, India, and Argentina.

The online survey conducted between May 21 and June 4 among nearly 12,500 employed adults finds that, on average across 29 countries, the proportion of those who are always, mostly, or sometimes working away from home today (39%) is 15 points higher than the proportion of those who were before the pandemic (24%). Three-quarters of those working from home at least some of the time today say they are doing so as a result of COVID-19.

The survey points to a global reconsideration of work arrangement preferences. The average number of days in a five-day week when those who are currently employed would prefer to be working from home when the pandemic is over and all restrictions have been lifted averages 2.5 across the countries surveyed—from a low of 1.9 in China, Belgium, and France to a high of 3.4 in India.

On average globally, two-thirds of all working adults surveyed say that:

  • When COVID restrictions are no longer in effect, employers should be more flexible in terms of requiring employees to go to an office (66%);
  • They are more productive with a flexible work schedule (65%); and
  • They want flexibility in the amount of time they go into the office (64%).

These views are more prevalent among those with higher levels of education and income, women, younger adults, and parents of children under 18.

On the other hand, about one-third each say that:

  • Their home is a difficult place to be productive (38%);
  • They feel disengaged from their work when working from home (37%), and
  • They feel more burned out by work when they do so (33%)

Parents of children under 18 are also more likely to feel this way.

Three in ten (30%) say they would consider looking for another job given the same salary and responsibility if their employer expected them to work away from home full time. Those under the age of 35 and parents are more likely to say so.

To read the detailed findings, visit the Ipsos website.