The majority of employees don't feel safe returning to work

The majority of employees don't feel safe returning to work
Women feel more anxious and stressed than men about the prospect of offices reopening.Miguel Pereira/Getty Images
  • While there's a big push to reopen the economy from lawmakers, workers themselves don't feel safe returning to business as usual.
  • The majority of workers don't want to return to their workplaces, citing safety concerns over the coronavirus as their top reason, a recent LinkedIn survey of 1,000 US adults shows.
  • About 57% of professionals don't feel safe returning to work yet, LinkedIn found, and 63% of professionals would choose to continue working from home if given the choice to return.
  • Parents are more worried about their offices reopening before the end of the year than adults without kids, per the survey.
  • This is likely due to concerns about finding adequate childcare, previous research shows.
  • A LinkedIn survey shows 30% of working professionals with school-aged children at home right now feel they do not have the necessary childcare available to return to work. And 60% of workers say their employers have not made accommodations to their work schedules to help with parenting duties.
  • Parents are also much more worried about work efficiency compared with those without kids, the survey found.
  • The struggle to find adequate childcare could have long-term impacts on women's careers.
  • Millions of women are likely to take up more unpaid labor in parenting or may even drop out of the labor force to raise their children.