McKinsey Research Reveals High-earning Employees Favor WFH

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According to a recent survey conducted by McKinsey, which involved 13,000 office workers from six different countries, the rise of hybrid work has had a significant impact on work preferences. The survey revealed interesting insights about the preference for remote work based on income and job levels.

Among employees earning over $150,000, a notable 33% expressed a strong preference for working from home. In contrast, only 9% of those earning less than $50,000 shared the same sentiment.

In terms of job levels, the survey found that 44% of senior workers indicated a preference for remote work, highlighting their desire for a flexible work arrangement. Similarly, 50% of mid-level employees expressed a similar preference. However, this sentiment was much less common among junior employees, with only 6% of them favoring remote work.

This data suggests that income and job level play significant roles in shaping employees’ preferences for remote work. It highlights the varying degrees of comfort and suitability that individuals at different income levels and job positions have when it comes to working remotely.

Slack´s co-founder and chief technology officer Cal Henderson told Insider an interesting reflection about the current trend: 

“That is an interesting curve that we haven’t really grappled with yet as a society. More junior people are interested in coming to the office but more senior people, especially once they have families, are less interested in coming to the office. Then who are those junior people learning from?”


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