Is working from home now a problem for you and the place where you work? You are not alone. A new survey finds that pandemic lockdowns, which have prompted many companies to switch to remote work, are changing what employees put on their “must-have” lists when it comes to their careers. Now, nearly six in 10 people (58%) say they want a completely remote job.
The FlexJobs survey of over 4,600 people also finds that 39% prefer a “hybrid” job that allows them to work at home and in the office. Meanwhile, only 3% of respondents want to return to a full-time office after the pandemic.
Despite the rapidly growing popularity of working from home, the survey finds that 42% of respondents say their current employers require them to return to work in person. Only 27% allow workers to switch to a hybrid program and 17% keep their operations completely remote.
This workplace schism is leading to a surprising decision by many workers who face the prospect of returning to a full-time office. The survey finds that 44% of respondents know at least one person who has already quit their job or is planning to quit because their boss asks them to return to work in person.
In addition, 29% say they are currently looking for a new job that allows remote working. Another 17% would quit the job they currently have if it didn’t offer some form of remote work.
How important is remote working for employees now?
Researchers found that one in five people would give up some of their vacation time if it meant they could work from home. One in four say they are willing to reduce their salary by up to 20% to work from home whenever they want.
As for why people avoid office life, half of the survey says working from home reduces the stress of commuting, while 47% add that it means more family time. With COVID keeping offices closed for months, 43% believe remote working reduces their exposure to disease.
However, the biggest benefit of remote working is what it does to people mentally. A staggering 81% agree that the main benefit of remote working is the benefit it has for people’s work-life balance. Seven out of 10 add that it also improves their mental health.
Job search priorities are changing rapidly
So what are people looking for in their next job? A big salary? A nice package of benefits? Unlimited Vacation Benefits? It turns out that post-pandemic job seekers care more about the “culture” of the company they are joining.
Over half of the survey (57%) cite the lack of healthy work-life boundaries as a reason for not applying for a job, not accepting a job offer or quitting their current job. Another 73% say seeing a toxic work environment would cause them to flee a job.
Low wages (79%), a micro-managerial boss (58%), who does not allow remote work (55%) and a lack of flexible working hours (50%) are all factors that affect the decisions many people seek are taking on their career.
“It is a job market right now and workers have more power than ever to leave less than ideal work situations or to leave companies that do not allow them to work as they wish,” says Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, in a declaration. “As our latest survey highlights, workers place an extremely high value on being able to work remotely and are committed to finding companies that embrace remote work as a long-term business model and have a healthy corporate culture to support it.”
It wasn’t just about positivity as employees worked from home during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Indeed, many respondents continue to hold a grudge about the way their bosses have handled the crisis.
Three out of 10 people say their company’s leadership showed poor communication during the pandemic. More than one in five expressed dissatisfaction with their boss’s lack of understanding about stress and conflicts between work and private life. Another 22% say their companies set unrealistic expectations for productivity during the pandemic or showed poor management skills overall.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post stated in the title that “nearly half of workers expect to quit their jobs due to in-person work policies.” This was corrected by 17% (around 1 in 6) of the workers surveyed who say there is no remote working option.
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