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More than half of workers “prefer to quit” rather than return to the office

More than half of hybrid workers (52%) say they would rather quit their jobs than be forced to return to the office full-time, according to a new study.

A report from Momentive (formerly SurveyMonkey) found that flexible and hybrid working have now become core benefits offered to many workers (34% and 44%, respectively).

Interviewing more than 2,000 UK adults for the report, Momentive found that 40% of workers are reluctant to return to the office full-time, rising to 60% for workers used to working on a hybrid or remote basis. One in ten (11%) said they would resign immediately if their ability to participate in video conferences were taken away.

At the same time, some employees believe that working remotely also means being at a disadvantage compared to their peers on the job. More than a fifth (21%) of employees say they have a proximity bias – a worry that not being physically close to a boss or coworker means missing out on different job opportunities.

This is particularly expressed among young working people (one third of 18-24 year olds). What’s more, a quarter (25%) also admitted that they don’t seek advice from distant colleagues as much as they do from physically present partners.

Benefits for retaining talent

But the market is very competitive and companies today must redouble their efforts to attract and retain talent.

In this vein, Momentive sought to understand the benefits that employees would like to see offered in the future and found that a four-day work week (42%) and unlimited vacation (41%) were the two most important benefits. most requested. And with remote working being the norm these days, it’s not as surprising to learn that mental health support, as a benefit, has increased from 17% just before the pandemic to 33% today. hui.

To motivate employees to return to the office, companies should do these three things, according to the report: mandatory vaccinations for all employees (35%), provide larger office space, to help with social distancing (32% ), or require employees to bring a negative Covid-19 test before entering the practice (30%).

Employees are more empowered than ever, and companies must deliver what matters to them or risk losing great talent, says Zander Lurie, CEO of Momentive. Creating a work culture in which your employees want to participate on a daily basis requires listening. Feedback helps business leaders tap into what workers need to be successful.

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