Some companies reporting higher productivity as employees work from home
Of all the surprises of the COVID-19 era, perhaps one of the biggest is how smoothly many American workers have adapted to working from home.
NUMBER OF OTHER COLUMBUS STATUS BEING REMOVED. >>> AS OFFICES CONTINUE TO REOPEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUSINESSES ARE DEALING WITH A POST COVID-19 SURPRISE. MANY WORKERS WANT TO KEEP WORKING FROM HOME. MANY COMPANIES ARE LIKELY TO LET THEM. >> Reporter: OF ALL OF THE SURPRISES OF THE COVID-19 ERA, PERHAPS ONE OF THE BIGGEST WAS HOW SMOOTHLY AMERICANS ADAPTED TO WORKING FROM HOME. >> MOST PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT WOULD NOT WORK VERY WELL. THERE WERE A LOT OF CONCERNS. >> Reporter: MANY COMPANIES FOUNDED THE OPPOSITE. PRODUCTIVITY IS UP AND BUSINESSES ARE RETHINKING WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE AN OFFICE. >> IT SEEMS TO BE THE WAY OF THE FUTURE. >> Reporter: 70% OF PEOPLE SAY THEY ARE AS PRODUCTIVE IF NOT MORE PRODUCTIVE WORKING FROM HOME. A NEW WALLETHUB SURVEY FOUND THAT 60% OF PEOPLE SAY THE PAPDEMIC MADE WORK BETTER. 30% SAID THE OFFICE IS A THING OF THE PAST. WE ARE FINDING IT MORE LUCRATIVE. >> Reporter: PRODUCTIVITY IS UP AT THIS COMPANY SINCE PEOPLE STARTED WORKING AT HOME. BUT THERE ARE THOSE THAT ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING BACK. >> I WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK. >> PEOPLE MISS THEIR COWORKERS AND A SENSE OF ROUTINE, AND JUST GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE. >> Reporter: CONSULTANTS LIKE McKINNEY AND COMPANY ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT OFFICES WILL BE LIKE WHEN COVID-19 IS GONE. THEY SAID BET ON COMPANIES LEASING LESS SPACE AS MORE WORK ERS OPT TO SAY HOME. THERE WILL LIKELY BE FEWER OFFICES AND CUBICLES. WORKERS CAN DO WHAT THEY CAN