Survey shows COVID-19 has changed how we think about work; flexibility, working from home is now key


(NEW YORK) — If you’ve been working from home during the pandemic and have been dreading the idea of someday having to return to the office, you’re not alone. 

Millions of people in this country are telecommuting, and they’re itching to make some of the changes brought about by COVID-19 permanent.

new survey from the job site GigSmart shows 78% of the 2,000 Americans polled now consider scheduling flexibility a key component of their jobs — and for whatever their next job would be.

This need for flexibility in a potential new job shot up 15% since January.

What’s more, 61% of the respondents say they’d like to be able to work from home, while 58% said they’d come into an office if it had socially distanced workspaces. 

Fifty-eight percent said medical benefits were more important to them than in years past.

The survey also revealed that more than half have considered a side-hustle to make ends meet; 53% chose to cut unnecessary spending. Twenty-nine percent have asked friends and family for money; one in five have taken out a loan.

As for those looking for the side hustle, 46% say they’d like to make money from a creative skill of theirs — while 45% said they’d be willing to start a cleaning company; 37% say they’d run errands for people for money; 35% said they’d do handyman work, and 34% say they’d babysit.

Sixty-five percent of those working or considering a side-hustle said they’d quit their “day job” if their secondary gig could support them.

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