The Real Reason People Don’t Want to Go Back to the Office (Like, Ever)

32% of employees say they don’t want to return to the office, ever. 

There’s a lot to love about remote work — more flexibility, no commute, working next to your cute new puppy — but for some, the return to the office debate goes much deeper, much more emotional and personal. 

Some people don’t want to go back to the office, ever, because they’re concerned about workplace harassment and discrimination. 

Some leaders praise the office as the be-all, end-all place for collaboration and new ideas. There’s socialization, the ability to quickly bounce ideas off other people, or just some fun perks like ping pong or a free breakfast bar. 

But when people work in close quarters, workplace harassment is a reality for many employees. 

In 2019, 32% of all workplace harassment charges to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were based on gender, 33% were race-based harassment charges.