The majority of San Diego businesses (60.5 percent) will not allow remote work post-pandemic, according to a report of the San Diego Association of Governments, the county’s leading transportation and planning agency.
Conducted at the end of the first quarter of this year, the report surveyed 577 businesses and more than 1,000 employees. It found that only 10 percent of businesses expect the majority of their staff to work from home three or more days a week, and slightly more expected their staff to telework once a week. However, most would not offer remote work at all.
The major reason employers reported for not offering remote work was that it wasn’t possible in their industry, such as manufacturing, retail and food service. Still, even many workers who were able to work remotely during the pandemic expected to return to in-person work, the report said.
“Businesses with employees who feel they have greater work-life balance working remotely may want to consider having collaborative discussions with employees as they return to the workplace regarding other opportunities to improve work-life balance (e.g., flexible hours, partial ability to work remote),” the report stated.