Survey Shows Many New Jersey Businesses to Allow Remote Work
So goes New Jersey, so goes the nation? Not necessarily of course. But today, Brother International U.S.A. and Focus NJ released an interesting survey indicating how New Jersey businesses will approach returning to the office post-pandemic.
According to the survey,which was conducted by Focus NJ and Brother, most New Jersey businesses experienced a loss in productivity, and are spending an average of $34,000 on new technologies to increase it.
The survey, “Back To Work In A Post-Pandemic World,” was conducted in April 2021, and measured the health of New Jersey businesses statewide, as well as their plans and challenges after the coronavirus pandemic.
Forty-five percent of respondents reported that some form of their workforce is still operating remotely, while 55 percent reported that their entire staff is now working in-person. Respondents were mixed on their plans to offer additional remote-work flexibility for workers after the pandemic.
Other key findings of the survey include:
- Of applicable businesses, the majority (65 percent) will either allow remote-work options after the pandemic, or are considering it currently.
- 42 percent of respondents believe it will take longer than a year to break even on revenues lost during the pandemic.
- 66 percent reported actively encouraging employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Among other notable data, the two most common physical office modifications cited by respondents were increased distancing between employee workstations, followed by glass/plexiglass barriers. In total, only a plurality (39 percent) expect these changes to be permanent.
Dan Waldinger, senior director of B2B Marketing, Brother International, commented: “The pandemic has accelerated the evolution of the workplace by forcing businesses to confront and embrace our increasingly mobile, decentralized world. Businesses are realizing they must embrace tools needed to enhance collaboration, and subsequently, productivity, amid the so-called ‘hybrid workforce,’ with some employees working remotely, and some returning to the office.”
The Focus NJ “Back To Work In A Post Pandemic World” survey was conducted from April 1 to April 26, 2021. In total, 711 respondents participated in the online survey. The findings of this survey may be accepted as accurate, at a rate of 95 percent confidence level, within a sampling tolerance of approximately +/- 3.7 percent. Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.
What does the finding that 65 percent of business will either allow remote-work options after the pandemic mean for the office-imaging industry? Probably that the trend for lower-cost A4 devices suitable for use in home offices will likely continue. This is supported by other data. For instance, a May 2021 IDC report found that worldwide inkjet shipments posted year-over-year shipment growth of 37.0 percent for first-quarter 2021.
March 2021: IDC Forecasts Declining Office Occupancy