Exploring what people miss most about working from home and like most about returning to workplacesA new survey from Erie Insurance reveals the degree to which financial concerns increased, values changed, and the top reasons people moved during the pandemic.
ERIE, Pa., June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In a national survey of U.S. consumers commissioned by Erie Insurance, two-thirds of respondents said they are more concerned about their financial security than they were before—and many are taking steps to address it. The wide-ranging survey also revealed what people miss most about working from home and like most about returning to the office and, if they moved during the pandemic, why.
As a company that increases people’s financial security by providing life insurance, homeowners insurance and auto insurance, Erie Insurance periodically commissions surveys to stay on top of changes in consumer attitudes and behaviors.
The survey found that nearly two-thirds of respondents (64%) value spending quality time with family more today than they did before; more than half (55%) value financial security more, and about the same percentage (54%) value spending quality time with friends more.
- Two-thirds of respondents (66%) said the pandemic made them more concerned about their financial security than they were before.
- 61% said the pandemic made them more concerned about how their family would be taken care of financially if they became seriously ill, or worse, could no longer provide for them.
- Half (49%) said the pandemic made them question whether they had the right type and amount of life insurance as part of their overall plan for financial security, and a quarter (25%) contacted their insurance agent about it.
“It’s been said that life insurance is a product you buy with the hope you don’t need it right away, but our survey found that having a policy provides value,” said Louis Colaizzo, senior vice president of Erie Family Life, Erie Insurance. “In fact, 44% of respondents said the pandemic made them appreciate the peace of mind they get from having life insurance even more than they did before.”
People On The Move
One in five respondents (21%) said they moved during the pandemic while 79% stayed put.
Topping the list of reasons for moving (36%) was to live in a place with a better quality of life. Living closer to family and having a lower cost of living tied for the second most mentioned reason for moving (26%, respectively), followed by having a larger home so everyone could spread out more (18%) and to live somewhere with a nicer climate (16%). Nine percent of people moved because they got sick of their house after spending so much time in it.
The Bitter And The Sweet About Returning To The Office
For many people who worked from home during the pandemic, returning to the office is bittersweet. The survey revealed what they miss or will miss most about working from home and what they like or will like most about going back.
Top things people MISS most about working
Percentage of people who miss it
1. Not having to commute to work
2. Not being able to do small chores around the
2. Not being able to spend as much time with my
2. Having less free time (tie)
3. Not being able to sleep in
4. Not being able to spend as much time with my
5. Not being able to spend as much time with my
Top 5 things people will LIKE most about going
Percentage of people who will like it
1. Socializing with colleagues at work
2. Not feeling cooped up in the house
3. Socializing with colleagues after work
4. Meeting with colleagues in person
5. Having lunch with colleagues
Among a list of 11 things people like or will like most about going back to the workplace, having facetime with the boss came in last, with only 14% saying this. However, men were four times more likely than women to say facetime with the boss is one of the things they’ll like most. Almost a quarter of men (24%) said this compared with only 6% of women.
As national traffic safety organizations sounded the alarm about the speeding crisis intensifying during the pandemic, Erie Insurance wanted to know if people think drivers are still speeding more than usual.
38% of respondents agree that it seems like the number of speeding drivers increased a lot earlier in the pandemic and that hasn’t changed – drivers are still speeding to about the same degree. But when asked about their own speeding habits, only 15% said they found themselves speeding earlier in the pandemic and still do. 69% said they didn’t speed before the pandemic and don’t now.
Additional survey results are available to media upon request.
This survey was conducted online by Falls & Co. on behalf of Erie Insurance from April 1 through April 8, 2022, among 500 U.S. residents ages 18 and older. Falls established the sampling quotas, designed the questionnaire, tabulated the survey responses, and managed the overall project. Falls used Dynata (Plano, TX) to administer the survey via the internet, including mobile devices, to Dynata’s captive U.S. panels who met the age, gender, and regional demographic criteria.
About Erie Insurance
According to A.M. Best Company, Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the 11th largest homeowners insurer, 13th largest automobile insurer and 13th largest commercial lines insurer in the United States based on direct premiums written. Founded in 1925, Erie Insurance is a Fortune 500 company and the 19th largest property/casualty insurer in the United States based on total lines net premium written. Rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best, ERIE has more than 6 million policies in force and operates in 12 states and the District of Columbia. News releases and more information are available on ERIE’s website at www.erieinsurance.com.