According to research done by The Martec Group companies need to get their workers back in to the office. The research shows a good number of employees are not as productive or happy working from home. We've never been through such a dramatic and sudden shift in workplace rules and arrangements. The research by the company shows that employees reporting good mental health has dropped from 62% to a mere 28%.

Productivity has also taken a hit. 40% of employees saying their productivity has worsened at home, 42% say they have less focus and 42% also say their stress has increased. Even though positive cases have gone up in 21 states, some big companies have changed their minds on keeping employees working from home well into next year.

JP Morgan Chase has called some employees back into the office as of last month. Even Google which initially said they'd allow employees to work from home into next summer have altered their course and opted for a hybrid approach. The Martec Group research conducted an Emotional Intelligence survey of 1,214 individuals across various industries, demographics, and seniority levels. Some of the details of the research study can be accessed here.

A handful of our employees have been trickling in over the past several weeks. Companies are cautious about having workers come back in full force and are very concerned about liability issues. They'll have to weigh that with worries about productivity and competitiveness. Like most of how we've handled this crisis from the beginning, one big question remains. Is the cure worse than the disease?

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Dennis Malloy. Any opinions expressed are Dennis' own.

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