BOSTON (CBS) — Many who work in the Boston area are not eager to get back to the office, even after a coronavirus vaccine becomes available. That’s according to a new Pioneer Institute survey that asked more than 700 people if they will commute to work when the pandemic is over.
About 70% of respondents said they were now working at home because of the coronavirus. And once the pandemic is over, nearly 63% said they want to continue working from home – at least part time.READ MORE: Massachusetts Reopening Plan: COVID Restrictions Loosen Monday, Including Restaurant Capacity
Nearly half said they were most happy to be avoiding the commute associated with their job, and others enjoyed greater flexibility.
Reviewing our new survey results, we found that avoiding the commute and a more flexible daily routine are the most appealing aspects of working at homehttps://t.co/byNx5C76YW #COVID19 #telecommuting #transit #mapoli pic.twitter.com/9YlwkP9pMy
— Pioneer Institute (@PioneerBoston) May 26, 2020READ MORE: 'In Like A Lion': March Weather Brings Drastic Swing In Temperatures This Week
“The survey results suggest that the pandemic may lead to significant shifts in attitudes toward commuting, with potentially large impacts on the demand for commercial real estate in major job centers, internet connectivity, and transit and transportation planning and budgeting,” said Andrew Mikula of the Pioneer Institute.
The survey shows that respondents didn’t necessarily want to work from home all the time. A plurality said they’d prefer to work from home two or three days of the week – only 14% said they’d want to work from home five days per week.
The worst thing about working from home? Fifty-three percent of those surveyed said they “miss the social interactions” in the workplace.MORE NEWS: South Attleboro MBTA Station Closes Due To 'Deteriorating' Pedestrian Bridge
See the full survey results here.