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A new survey shows that a majority of Americans worry that life will never return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic.

The survey asked 2,000 Americans about their expectation of the world after the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 1,700 of the participants have jobs.

The Survey Results

More than half (59 percent) of the surveyed participants said they cannot use shared spaces in the workplace without fear. Another 36 percent are afraid “they can’t return to normal work lives without putting their families at risk of potential infection,” reported Fox News.

OnePoll, on behalf of Torch, conducted the survey. It found that 63 percent of employed respondents believe their jobs will never return to normal. They also expect to work remotely for at least the rest of 2020.

More than half (67 percent) of the employed respondents said they “believe their employer doesn’t understand” the difficulty of working remotely “when employees have children at home.”

Sixty-four percent of respondents said they are not as productive because of increased stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic.

“CEOs can provide resources for remote workers, update policies and make cultural changes, however, the support that your employee receives from a one-on-one relationship with a coach or mentor is irreplaceable,” said Cameron Yarbrough, CEO of Torch.

Also, approximately three-quarters of respondents said people should not shake hands anymore to prevent the spread of germs.

Other results of the survey are as follows:

45 percent believe companies will start requiring employees to take their temperatures before entering; 43 percent believe companies will start hosting more virtual meetings; and 74 percent of employed respondents believe that workplaces will transition to virtual interviews for new employees.

“For years we’ve talked about the ‘future of work.’ This pandemic shows us that the ‘future’ is now,” said Yarbrough. “We’re in a stage where adopting remote work flexibility is the norm and not just the practice of progressive companies.”

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