More than one in six workers back at work after Covid restrictions say their work could be done from home.
The number represents a significant increase since January.
Findings from the latest ESRI pandemic research found that a quarter of workers would like to work less or from home.
It found that while most employees are happy with their return to work, a sizeable minority are not.
The study, which tracks our behavior during the pandemic, found the proportion of workers working from home has fallen to less than 20 percent since January.
“Overall, 26 percent of workers now report a pattern of reduced attendance, indicating significant hybrid work,” and are the most satisfied with their arrangements.
The investigation spanned from March 29 to April 5 as concerns about Covid-19 grew over the number of cases and hospitalizations overall.
The sharp decline in face mask use that followed restrictions being lifted in late February leveled off amid concerns about the spread of the virus.
Many people felt that they were following safety rules and others were not. The proportion of those who would like the government to take tougher action increased.
The proportion of people willing to take booster shots, while high, has fallen.
There is a strong link between unwillingness to take a booster shot and concern about Covid-19, according to ESRI research.
People’s social activity has trended up since January but is broadly flat, although domestic and international travel has increased.
This comes against the backdrop of an improving Covid-19 picture in the country, although there are risks of increased levels of socializing during the Easter holidays.
There were 811 Covid-19 patients in hospital yesterday, a significant drop from the worst days of this wave.
Of those, 53 were in intensive care, a slight decrease from 57 on Thursday.
The positivity rate for those who undergo free HSE PCR testing is 24.1 percent, with a seven-day positivity rate of 23.9 percent.
This compares to 30.1 percent and a seven-day positivity rate of 30.3 percent a week ago.
However, this does not capture the full extent of Covid-19 infection in the community.
People are being urged to take precautions over Easter.
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