The future of working from home could feel familiar, data says - San Francisco Chronicle

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But Barrero said the two most popular responses to how often people want to be in the office are either zero or five days a week, with the average somewhere in the middle.
7% said they wanted to do so five days per week while 31.
68 days per week from home for wage and salaried employees, followed closely by 2.
23 days per week in the finance industry and slightly more than two days per week in professional and business services.
Real estate and government work all showed less than two days per week, while more in-person work like leisure and hospitality and transportation and warehousing showed less than one days a week according to the survey.

The future of working from home could feel familiar, data says - San Francisco Chronicle

When it comes to working remotely, or not, things are starting to stabilize. That is according to research from a group of academics tracking how and where work is done during this phase of the pandemic. “My take is over the past three or four months we’re very close to what things are going to look like in the long term,” said Jose Maria Barrero, an assistant professor of finance at the private university Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City, who has been conducting the research along with Stanford Professor Nicholas Bloom and Steven J. Davis at University of Chicago. Barrero said their research and surveys of workers and companies are showing that workers are, in many cases, spending an amount of time in their workplaces these days that is in line with companies’ long term plans. But Barrero said the two most popular responses to how often people want to be in the office are either zero or five days a week, with the average somewhere in the middle. The most recent round of research from this month shows among full-time wage and salary employees who are able to work remotely, 31.7% said they wanted to do so five days per week while 31.7% of respondents said they would rather be in person pretty much all the time. That is still somewhat out of sync with what their research shows employers are planning, which shakes out to 27.2% of companies saying they’re planning for workers to be mostly remote. A little more than a quarter of respondents said they planned to have people back full time. That could spell more bad news for San Francisco’ beleaguered economic core, where data from building security firm Kastle show San Francisco’s building occupancy rate around 38% earlier this month, below the average for 10 large metro areas which tends to hover around 44%. San Francisco has said it expects workers to work remotely only 33% of the time in the long run, a number it revised from 15% earlier in the pandemic. But as Barrero pointed out, writing the rules and implementing them are two very different things, especially when employees don’t come back when they are told to. “We learned over the past 2 years that many people can do their jobs perfectly out of their home,” he said. If an employer requires people doing their job well to come back and they don’t want to, “The employer is not in a great situation because … they’re trying to enforce a rule that is kind of nonsensical.” That was also borne out in part of the group’s earlier round of research, which showed that more than a third of employees said their companies took no action to enforce return to office mandates. Other workers reported consequences of not showing up to the office included verbal reprimands and negative performance reviews, although the smallest category, 11.8% resulted in termination. Drought Map Track water shortages and restrictions across Bay Area Updated to include drought zones while tracking water shortage status of your area, plus reservoir levels and a list of restrictions for the Bay Area’s largest water districts. Of course, not all people have jobs that can be done remotely, and the research shows that jobs in the so-called information industry including, some tech work, have the highest instances of people working from outside the office. Information jobs including some tech work had about 2.68 days per week from home for wage and salaried employees, followed closely by 2.23 days per week in the finance industry and slightly more than two days per week in professional and business services. The difficulties of nudging workers to come back more frequently were recently outlined by a group of Apple employees who are against back to work mandates. Real estate and government work all showed less than two days per week, while more in-person work like leisure and hospitality and transportation and warehousing showed less than one days a week according to the survey. Chase DiFeliciantonio is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: chase.difeliciantonio@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @ChaseDiFelice
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