While many companies’ flexible-work plans have sought to get people in the office Tuesday through Thursday and work from home Monday and Friday, it turns out that workers are staying home more often on Thursday.
That’s according to new data from WFH Research, a team of academics that compiled data on the actions and attitudes of tens of thousands of American workers since the pandemic began.
In a new poll conducted by the group, Thursday and Friday is the most popular combination of remote days among those working two days at home.
On the other hand, Wednesday is the most common day to be on site.
“It’s a surprise to me that Thursday and Friday now dominate, and Monday is third,” said Nicholas Bloom, a Professor of Economics at Stanford University and member of WFH Research.
“I had long thought it was Monday-Friday as work-from-home days, but apparently not. I’m honestly not sure why.”
WFH Research’s new findings revealed that work patterns are constantly shifting nearly three years into the pandemic.
It also showed how challenging it is to mandate days for on-site work, especially now that employees still hold power over their employers.