More people are working remotely now than before pandemic, survey finds

More Greenwood residents are working from home after the pandemic than before, according to a survey.

The survey, conducted by Aspire Johnson County, the local chamber and economic development organization, found that half of those surveyed worked from home, with 85% of those workers believing they would continue to do so in the future. . Of those surveyed who do not work from home, 88% said they think they will do so in the future.

Aspire conducted the survey in conjunction with the Greenwood Economic Development Commission and Direct Impact Partnerships LLC to determine the impact of the pandemic on the daytime population of Greenwood.

The groups sent postcards to 21,000 residents and received 470 responses. Although this is a small subset of the city’s nearly 60,000 residents, it has given the economic development organization some insight into the city’s workers.

Almost all residents who worked from home had a commute of more than 20 minutes, according to the survey. These workers are now spending more time in Greenwood and are more willing to give up the commute and work in the city.

“This information only confirms that we are on the right track with our economic development strategy to continue attracting businesses that keep our workforce strong and well trained in the county,” Amanda Rubadue said in a statement. Aspire Johnson County Press Release. Rubadue, vice president of economic development at Aspire, led the study.

The companies could decide to open offices in Greenwood to operate this group, according to the press release.

The increase in the number of workers dependent on their home internet connection highlights the need for reliable high-speed internet bandwidth in the city, Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers said in the press release.

“With this information, we can coordinate with our utility contractors to ensure that the appropriate infrastructure is designed in the most efficient way for our residents,” Myers said.

The number of workers spending more time during the day in the county indicates a possibility of growth among current and new retailers and restaurants in the area, according to the results. Aspire will use the survey results to attract new businesses to Johnson County.

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