In today’s world, remote work flexibility is becoming increasingly common and highly valued by both employees and employers. Many organizations have embraced remote work as a viable option for their workforce as technology and communication tools have advanced.
Employees can work from home or any other location with an internet connection, providing a better work-life balance and increased autonomy in managing their time and tasks. But even in this post-pandemic era, there is a significant percentage of employees who would prefer a company that offers hybrid work options more than a company that doesn’t.
According to a report from Eagle Hill Consulting released on May 18, nearly half of workers (47%), may consider a new job if their employer discontinues or reduces flexible work arrangements such as remote and hybrid options.
As the labor market shifts and more employers announce plans to end remote work, the push-and-pull dynamics between employers and employees will continue to evolve this year. However, some organizations continue to prioritize remote-first or employee-driven work location decisions, which may appeal to employees seeking flexibility.
“Employers are walking a tightrope when it comes to remote and hybrid work changes,” Eagle Hill Consulting president and CEO Melissa Jezior said in a statement.
“It’s difficult to balance the need for high performance while also retaining top talent,” she said. The study indicates that methods to remote work must be complex and that there is common ground.”
Preferences, for example, may differ by generational cohort. In comparison to 29% of Baby Boomers, 61% of Gen Z and 57% of millennial employees said they would look for other work if remote flexibility was reduced.
At the same time, many employees still value some aspects of in-person work. In a nationwide survey of more than 10,000 U.S. workers, 60% said those who spend more time in the office are more likely to succeed. Furthermore, 83% believe that integrating a new team member is better in person, 82% believe that team building is better in person, and 77% believe that managing teams and training are often better in person.
According to the majority of survey respondents, in-person meetings appear to benefit onboarding, starting a new project, getting a project back on track, having performance discussions, giving and receiving feedback, and brainstorming sessions.
In addition to these findings, the Eagle Hill findings revealed that 42% of workers said they would lose job satisfaction and 34% would lose productivity if their employer mandated a return to in-person work. Employees expressed concerns about work-life balance, long commutes, rising costs, and stress.
Even so, senior executives and HR leaders should be aware of the drawbacks of remote work. According to a study, many workers may be experiencing mental health issues, particularly loneliness, and isolation, which could be addressed through in-person arrangements, employee experience programs, and workplace culture efforts.
Apart from that, with ongoing shifts in the labor market and the power dynamics of employer-employee work arrangements, organizations may need to remain flexible this year. Earlier this year, the majority of hiring managers informed that pandemic-driven remote work would be here to stay, but that trend has already shifted as companies cut back on remote jobs and recruiting platforms reported a drop in remote job offers on display. The disconnect between employers and job candidates may result in a stalemate later this year.