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Return to Work Survey Results Available

    January 21, 2021

    The Colorado SHRM return to work survey was conducted jointly by the Colorado Society for Human Resource Management (COSHRM) and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) between November 19, 2020 and December 9, 2020.



    Full survey results are available here.

    Some of the key findings are outlined below:

    Most employers continue to allow or require most of their employees to work from home.

    • For most employers, only essential workers are permitted to report to the workplace or only a partial return to the workplace is permitted. These employers are concentrated in industrial classifications such as administration and support, educational services, information and public administration.
    • Only a little more than a third of employers said they permit or require a fulltime return to the workplace. Most of these employers are in accommodations and food service, construction, healthcare and social assistance, and manufacturing.

    The results of this survey suggest the vast majority of employers intend to allow their employees whose jobs can be performed from home to continue working remotely after pandemic-related restrictions end.

    • Most will have some limitations on when and how often employees can work from home. 
    • Even in industries such as construction, agriculture, healthcare, transportation and warehousing, employers intend to allow employees whose work can be performed remotely to continue working from home.

    Two factors suggest that senior management at most organizations will continue to support telework.

    • First, senior management attitudes toward remote work have remained largely favorable since the question was first asked of HR executives in April of 2020. 
    • Second, nearly all survey respondents reported that their organization’s overall experience with remote work during the pandemic has been positive, with 47 percent reporting a very positive experience.