U.S. workers not so keen on heading back to the office

By Eileen Weber
July 9th, 2021
Marney White, Ph.D, MS, is a clinical psychologist and associate professor of social and behavioral sciences at the Yale School of Public Health.
Marney White, Ph.D, MS, is a clinical psychologist and associate professor of social and behavioral sciences at the Yale School of Public Health.

Slowly, a glimmer of what life was like before the pandemic is starting to emerge. Mask mandates are being lifted, there is more relaxed social distancing, and people are returning to the office. But not everyone is eager to resume their lengthy commute only to stare at the inside of a cubical again.

In a March 2021 report, the American Psychological Association noted the health concerns that many people have surrounding this return to “normal.”

While the survey showed things like nearly two thirds of Americans gained significant weight, had sleeping problems, added stress and mental health issues, and canceled health care services, it also addressed post-pandemic sentiment. Forty-nine percent of Americans are “hesitant about the futu...

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