As states across the US reopen after weeks of coronavirus lockdown, according to a survey, more than 70 per cent of people in the energy sector still choose to operate from home than return than their offices as they fear contracting the deadly COVID-19.
The research, a partnership between Houston University, Robert Gordon University, and Texas A&M University, included 448 energy workers, 81% of whom are usually working in an office.
The study found that more than 70 percent of workers preferred to continue working remotely. About 20 percent of those surveyed said they would prefer taking an unpaid furlough to a physical return to their offices next month. And nearly 5 percent said they would consider quitting rather than returning to the office now.
“Workers expected good hygiene and cleaning procedures as well as solid supplies of masks, sanitizers and supervisors who feel committed to eliminating COVID-19 workplace transmission felt more secure,” said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Chief Energy Officer at the University of Houston (UH), Indian-American co-author of the report.