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70% of interns view remote work negatively, study finds


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Many employees enjoy working at home. Most employees don’t agree with this sentiment.

According to, an employment site, 73% of interns see remote work as a negative. However, this is only true for 40 percent of full-time or part-time employees. This percentage is much lower.

The discrepancy suggests that employers — which are trying to determine the best ratio of in-person to at-home work — may have a tough time making everyone happy in the current pandemic work environment.

Many interns find it valuable to interact with executives and managers, which often act as mentors for students.

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Glassdoor senior economist Daniel Zhao said, “It is just harder to do it in a distant context.” It’s harder to establish that type of relationship when there isn’t as many opportunities.”

Zhao stated that many employees already have these work connections and networks. Many are also in different phases of life relative to college students — parents, for example, appreciate the flexibility of being able to work from home.   

Glassdoor analyzedFrom June through September 2021, online job interviews. Many college internships take place in summer. Remote work was regarded negatively by an intern, who called it a “con” rather than a pro.

Interns have a negative view of remote work that is increasing from 50% to 58% during summer 2019 and 2020.

Zhao stated that other workers have viewed remote work as more favorable over time due to their familiarity with the freedom it offers.

A survey by Grant Thornton published last week found that 77% said they enjoy working remotely. If forced to go back to work, 46 percent of respondents would be willing to look for other jobs.

“Far from being an unnecessary burden [workers]The report stated that employees have strongly expressed their satisfaction with the option to work remotely. Employees appreciated the benefits of work-life balance, even though this was originally mandated by safety.

According to the report, 38% of those surveyed wanted to return to physical work but not full-time.

Zhao stated that although the vast majority of workers seem to value the remote working flexibility, it is not universally shared sentiment.