According to new research on remote work, small firms must take steps to offer permanent hybrid or remote work choices for workers, or else risk losing them.
In the 2022 Remote Work Report, which people management company Employment Hero published on Wednesday, it was discovered that 50% of hybrid and remote employees would think about leaving their positions if their employer told them to work in the office full-time.
Millennials are 61% more likely to give up than other age groups, making the rate much greater for them.
1000 knowledge workers in Australia who spend most of their time using computers for work were polled for the report. It was discovered that many workers are relocating farther from the workplace by employing remote and hybrid working arrangements.
In fact, since they started working from home, 64% of employees have at least thought about moving further away from the office or taking a working vacation, and 76% of employees would consider working from home permanently.
“There is evidence that remote work provides benefits that an office attendance mandate simply can’t match. It is important to care about employees’ financial health and overall wellbeing in the current economic climate, and one of the ways to do this is by giving trust and freedom. With the cost of living situation worsening, embracing hybrid and remote work makes sense for a happy and productive team, which all businesses aim to achieve. The icing on the cake of giving employees the option of flexible work conditions is that they will thrive more from both a mental health and work-life balance perspective.” Alex Hattingh, Chief People Officer, Employment Hero
The Remote Work Report also looked at how remote and hybrid work protects workers’ mental health and promotes high levels of productivity to prioritize work-life balance.
At least 47% of respondents said “hybrid working” improved their ability to combine their professional and personal lives, while 46% said it improved their mental health and 37% said it increased productivity. Furthermore, “remote working” is better for work-life balance, according to 34% of respondents.
According to Hattingh, since the future of work is unquestionably remote and hybrid, businesses need to consider how they can better assist their teams so that they can perform at their best in each of these environments.
However, some of the respondents to the poll continue to perceive the advantages of working in an office setting, with 37% saying that working in a hybrid workplace increases their productivity levels. Another 33% claimed that working in the office increases their productivity, and 43% of those who have returned to the workplace mentioned their employer as their motivation.
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