Employees Don’t Want to Return to Office

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Employees have benefited from “a major adjustment in the balance of power” during the past two years, according to employment attorneys at international law firm Eversheds Sutherland.

Work-life balance, the freedom to request remote work, and even whistleblowing are some of the current top concerns for employers and human-resources (HR) professionals, according to partners Joanne Hyde and Julie Galbraith.

Eversheds Sutherland published the findings of a survey at its annual employment-law evening on November 23, which indicated that more than half of HR and employment experts encountered “pockets of resistance” when requesting workers to work from their offices.

The company discovered that 97% of businesses used hybrid working. According to the survey, 28% of HR professionals mentioned worker retention and requests for greater compensation as the main difficulties confronting their organizations. Recruitment was cited as the top challenge by most respondents in their organizations.

Over 40% of HR professionals indicated they did not believe their company will be compelled to make redundancies in the upcoming year, while 27% said layoffs were a possibility. Poor performance reviews (61%), illness absences (47%), and grievances (44%) were the areas of everyday employment law that HR and employment executives were most concerned about.

According to the survey, over 40% of businesses use remote or flexible working without a written policy in place, compared to 50% of businesses that do.

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