As the nation crosses the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of employment appears to be entering a new phase as the worlds of remote work and office collide.
Recent data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that in June, the economy created 850,000 new jobs, a number that suggests the economy is poised to rebound. For some people, this poses a question: to work from home or not to work from home?
Garvin Guan, 28, said the remote working experience was much more convenient than the hustle and bustle of office work. A major benefit he identified was the time he saved without commuting between work and home.
But Guan, a new Jersey City resident from Belleville, admits he’s not completely shunned the idea of â€‹â€‹returning to the office.
“I would go there maybe part time during the week,” he said. â€œYou may miss the people you work with, so part-time office work would be a good thing. “
Others, like Janet Harris, a former Jersey City resident who now lives in San Francisco, would prefer to return to face-to-face interactions, although remote working hasn’t been too much of a problem.
â€œI don’t think I’m really uptight about (working in person), but I’m definitely worried about my clients,â€ said Harris, a consultant for a nonprofit. “I work with performing arts organizations, and they are very tense about bringing audiences back.”
And there are those like Ross Cohen, 34, a Jersey City resident who isn’t a fan of the remote working experience.
â€œI have to be able to disturb people,â€ he joked. â€œI’m the type of guy who hates waiting. In an office, you can just walk over to someone’s desk and pat them on the shoulder to tell them to stop playing solitaire and get back to work.
Cohen said he wouldn’t hesitate to work in an office again and can’t stand being home any longer.
Andy Collings, a resident of Bayonne, totally agrees.
â€œI hated working from home. I much prefer an office environment, â€he said. â€œThere are too many distractions at home.
According to a CBS News Poll released in June, 57% of Americans would prefer to work from home full-time or part-time. A Gallup poll as of February, however, shows that the number of Americans working from home is steadily declining.
While many Americans are still hesitant to return to the office, it is clear that for some people, returning to the office is an easy decision to make.