Temp Check

A dramatic workforce transformation is happening in front of our eyes. Work literally left the building and whole industries are disrupting at speeds never seen before.

One thing is certain – this crisis should be a catalyst for a new future of work, that is more flexible, more diverse and more wellbeing-oriented.

To find out how this crisis is accelerating What Workers Want, ManpowerGroup asked more than 8,000 people in 8 countries--including 1,000 people in the U.S.-- about the future for workers.

Download the results including the Top 5 Ways To Make the Next Normal Better For All.

U.S. Impact at Work

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UK and Italy report the highest proportion of people furloughed as government schemes impacted fast with high proportion of businesses taking advantage of wage replacement programs.

Mexico US

Workers in Mexico and the US are most likely to have chosen to WFH or to be self-isolating to protect themselves and others.

Shifted to work at home due to COVID-19

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Continued going to workplace

27 percent bar graph


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Always working from home

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HOW PEOPLE Feel About Returning to the Workplace


  • Relieved,
  • Happy,
  • Excited
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Gen Z

Most positive, more space, keen to catch up with colleagues, more appetite to learn and network to move up and earn more.


Keen to return, prefer to collaborate in-person, value space between work and home.

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Gen X

Most likely to feel relieved, least likely to be nervous or concerned about health. Keen to get back to the office to collaborate and concentrate.


Italy, one of the countries first impacted feel most confident yet least keen on losing their newly found autonomy and freedom.


  • Concerned,
  • Nervous,
  • Sad

Least positive generation, especially parents. Seek most reassurance that sick workers told to stay home, most eager to avoid the commute, least willing to lose flexibility they have gained.

Last Out,
Last In
Last Out, Last In
Last In

Mexico, Spain and U.S. most nervous, least relieved about returning to work.


In the UK & U.S. where response has been most politicized and fractured, people are most reluctant to return.

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Big Deal

Large companies need to do most persuading to bring people back. These workers are most concerned about exposure to greater risk, most likely to feel positive about return.

The workplace will have a different purpose going forward.

Being able to both socialize (30%) and collaborate (29%) with colleagues in person is what workers find most beneficial about returning to their workplace.

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of U.S. workers want options to work outside the office, while another 63% want flexible hours

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of U.S. workers want to prioritize time with family in the future 

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