Don’t rush to dust the desk monitors and wipe the office windows so quickly.
An overwhelming majority of Americans said that working from home has improved their quality of life and want their employers to be open to adjusting their hours and location, according to a survey by accounting firm Grant Thornton.
To be fair, more than half of the respondents, 56%, said they look forward to getting back to their office one day.
But of those surveyed, 79% say they want more flexibility about when and where they work, and about half, 51%, said they would forego a 10-20% raise for more flexibility.
Employees increasingly want workplaces to recognize their duties such as childcare and elderly care that take place outside of the office, according to the survey.
“When companies return to the office, it becomes more important than ever to give employees the time they need to attend to the important things at home,” said Tim Glowa, a principal and director of employee listening and human capital services Grant Thornton said in a statement.
Companies that take the opposite approach and force employees to return to the office could encourage some of their employees to leave.
The survey found that 40% of respondents said they would look for another job if their boss forced them to return full-time, and 33% said they would be actively looking for a new job during the summer. (The survey, first conducted by Axios, polled 1,584 full-time employees in American companies between June 28 and July 1.) T Work from home.
Some workers have already left their jobs. the US Department of Labor found that 4.3 million people left their jobs in August, which is around 3% of the labor force. That’s more than the 4 million who left their gigs in July as the hiring slowed overall by the end of summer.
Companies try to forestall this dilemma. Amazon had scheduled a return date for the office three days a week from early January, but announced on Monday that it would leave the decision of how often its employees could work from home to its managers. Other tech companies have allowed remote working indefinitely, though those living in cheaper locations than Manhattan or the Bay Area could face wage cuts.
Public sector workers were encouraged to return to the office without being given any incentives. Mayor Bill de Blasio forced city workers to return to the office in mid-September and ordered them to be vaccinated. Some managers left in response.
“The challenge for companies is to create an engaging experience for all employees, whether they work in the office or remotely.” Jennifer Morelli, a principal and head of Business Change Enablement Practice for Grant Thornton, said. “Companies need to make sure that they offer meaningful opportunities and reasons to come to the office.”