After the abolition of the corona measures, the Dutch currently still work more than twice as much from home as before the pandemic, an average of 6,5 hours a week. In the long term, they expect to go to the office slightly more often, but still work from home twice as much as before the pandemic, on average 6 hours a week. In addition, the attitude that the Dutch have with regard to different modes of transport is almost the same as before the pandemic. This is apparent from research by the Knowledge Institute for Mobility Policy (KiM) among a representative group of Dutch people who were surveyed several times.
Working from home
Just over 4 in 10 workers sometimes work from home every week. This is less than when the work-from-home advice was still in effect, but more than before the pandemic. At that time, 3 in 10 workers sometimes worked from home. The number of hours that employees work from home on average has more than doubled, from 3 to 6,5 hours on average. Half of the workers indicate that they cannot work from home, because the work is not suitable for it.
In the long term, workers still expect a small decrease in the number of hours they work from home. Ultimately, they think they work from home on average twice as much as before the pandemic, an average of 6 hours a week. This is roughly equal to the expectations that workers had in April 2021, when several corona measures were still in force. The increase in working from home is not the same for everyone. For example, the highly educated, people with an office or management position and people who travel to work by public transport expect a greater increase than others.
As before the pandemic, workers travel most often for work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These days seem to remain the most popular days to go to the office, according to the KiM research. For slightly less than 1 in 5 home workers (18%), the employer encourages employees not to all come to the work location on the same days.
Verdict modes of transport
During the pandemic, the attitude of the Dutch towards modes of transport changed. They were more positive about the car, but less positive about public transport. The attitude towards cycling and walking remained virtually the same. Although there has been an upward trend since January 2021, the attitude that the Dutch have towards public transport is not yet the same as it was before the pandemic. They are just as positive about the car as they were before the pandemic.
Mobility, education and impact of the pandemic
In the research, it spends KiM also pay attention to the effects of the pandemic on mobility and education. It is also about the social impact of the pandemic. The research shows, among other things, that the Dutch are increasingly traveling by e-bike and that students in HBO/WO in particular still relatively often follow home education. It also appears that about 10% of people currently feel limited by the corona measures and advice from the government.