More than one in three people who have been working from home because of the coronavirus crisis want a vaccine or an antibody test before returning to offices, a new study suggests.
esearch by insurance firm Canada Life indicated concerns about reverting to pre-pandemic working, especially among women.
A survey of more than 600 adults who have swapped offices for desks at home over the past few months showed that almost a fifth believe it will be several years before working practices return to normal.
Respondents to the study said they would like to see routine temperature checks, regular coronavirus testing in the office and physical changes like socially distanced desks.
One in four wanted to be given the choice as to whether they return at all to offices.
Workers wanting to return to offices said they were looking forward to getting back to a routine, having fewer distractions and improved mental health.
Paul Avis of Canada Life group insurance said: "Workers are unsurprisingly anxious about returning to the physical workplace.
"After such a long period of time working from home, many of us have developed new ways of working and fallen into new routines, and while lots of workers are looking forward to getting 'back to normal', many feel like the 'new normal' will never be the same as it once was.
"But as anyone who may have spent the last few months working from a single bedroom flat will testify, a return to the workplace will come as a welcome relief alongside all the social benefits that brings.
"Employers have a clear responsibility to ensure their workers feel safe returning to the workplace and are given the time and support they need to feel comfortable doing so."
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