July 16, 2021 6:00am

Power Poll results: Not big fans of working from home

Respondents think workers are less productive and don't think it's here to stay.

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By Matthew Albright
Baton Rouge, LA Correspondent

When COVID forced everybody to stay at home, many companies had little choice but to have employees work from home. But, as people return to work, should that become the norm? We asked our Power Poll respondents, and they don't think that's a good idea.

First, most of our respondents said people at their workplace have not been working at home more frequently since they've been allowed back in the office:

Also, most of our respondents thought working from home negatively affects their workplace; only a quarter said it didn't make a significant difference, and none said it made a positive impact:

When we asked our members how they personally prefer to work, three quarters said they preferred to largely work from the office, and another 12.5% said they preferred to work from the office most of the time, with a few days at home; only 12.5% said they preferred working most of the time from home, with regular days at the office, and none said they preferred working largely from home.

So, to sum it up, most of our respondents don't think work from home is here to stay, at least not anytime soon. All but 12.5% said it was either somewhat unlikely or very unlikely that most people will be working from home most of the time within the next decade.

About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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