WFH still rules: Over a third of employees would quit if called back to office

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More than a third of employees have said they would resign if ordered to return to the office full-time as changes to pandemic-era work life remain in vogue nearly three years after the UK first imposed lockdowns.

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LinkedIn’s job market research has shown that it may be wise for companies to prioritize flexibility despite concerns that their workers are secretly lounging from their bedrooms.

Nearly two-thirds of employees are considering changing jobs in 2023, but one-fifth would remain in their current position if they could maintain the option to work remotely or with more flexibility.

But job seekers hoping to work from home in a new role may be disappointed as the number of fully remote jobs advertised in the UK has been falling for ten consecutive months.

Ngair Moyes, LinkedIn UK manager, warned that it would be difficult for businesses to attract and retain staff if they removed flexible work policies. “We’ve adjusted to a new … way of working, and of course most people don’t want to go back to how things were before the coronavirus,” she added.

Demand for telecommuting is particularly strong among women, with more than half reporting that they have quit or are considering leaving the position due to lack of flexibility.

The data also revealed generational differences in attitudes towards working methods. Generation Zers, born from the late 1990s to the first decade of this century, are the least likely to apply for remote work, suggesting they want to spend more time in the office learning from more experienced colleagues.

Generation X, born between 1966 and 1981, is likely to prefer remote work, accounting for more than a quarter of applications for remote positions in February.

Overall, 44% of workers in the UK said they worked from home at least once a week between September 2022 and January 2023, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is below the peak value of 49% in 2020.

The big debate about working from home has flared up ever since the threat of Covid-19 was considered low enough for employees to be safely within a few feet of each other.

Over the past couple of years, a lot of conflicting research has been published on homework, showing different levels of productivity, work-life balance, and well-being.

According to the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, there is a higher level of flexible working in the public sector than in the private sector. to the office.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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