77% of Managers Revealed that They Would Fire or Cut Salaries to Those Employees Who Refuse to Return to the Office

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For the majority of managers, work from home is over. The company GoodHire surveyed 3,500 managers about their thought on remote work. About 77% of managers said they’d implement severe consequences to employees who won’t return to the office, including firing them or cutting pay and benefits. 

While some companies fully support remote work, others can’t wait to return to pre-pandemic work structures. Most surveys show that employees prefer working from home, but managers don’t feel the same way.

Managers Are Calling Back Employees

The GoodHire survey showcases how managers feel regarding a post-pandemic work scenario. These are some of the survey’s key findings:

  • 60% of managers either strongly agreed or agreed that a full-time return to the office was happening in the near future.
  • 51% of managers thought employees wanted to return to the office full-time, and 49% were unsure or did not think employees wanted to return.
  • 51% of managers said their companies would definitely consider pay cuts for those employees that refused to return to the office.
  • 73% of managers said productivity and engagement had either improved or stayed the same with remote work compared to in-office work.
  • 74% of managers said their companies had either hired more or retained a level number of employees throughout the past two years of increased remote/hybrid work.

Max Wesman, GoodHire’s chief operating officer, says that managers struggle to find an arrangement that works both for them and employees. But they believe returning to the office is more beneficial in the long run. 

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