Home Office ban: half would cancel

Home Office ban: half would cancel

A study by EY shows that some employees want to stay in the home office. If this wish were denied in the future, this would even be a reason for termination. […]

The opportunity of the home office, which came to greater effect in the course of the corona pandemic, is now putting increasing pressure on many companies. According to a new survey of 16,000 employees in 16 countries by the auditing and consulting organizations EY, 54 percent of respondents would consider quitting their jobs after the crisis if they were not offered flexibility in terms of place and time of work.

“Passion + People = Profit»

“Passion and people are the architecture of a successful company. More than ever, employers are well advised to now reflect on the mobile and flexible work opportunities of their employees and to set the right signals. With passion and the” right people”, profit follows”, comments Oliver Suchocki, Head of HR Management Consulting at EY Austria, the results of the worldwide study “Work Reimagined”.

Specifically, the overwhelming number of employees wants to work on average two to three days at another location, i.e. remotely, even after the pandemic. If restrictions are relaxed in their countries due to the pandemic, 22 percent would prefer to work full-time in the office, with 33 percent of respondents wanting an overall shorter workweek. Two-thirds (67 percent) believe their productivity remains the same regardless of location.

Millennials quit faster

In particular, managers, employees with technology or financial tasks and nurses would be most likely to change jobs. Among those most likely to stay in their current position are the baby boomers, people with a seniority of more than ten years, and people working in administration or education. Millennials in particular would resort to dismissal as a last resort if flexibility with their employer is not satisfactory. Millennials are twice as likely to quit as baby boomers, according to the study.

Despite the willingness to change jobs for more flexible working arrangements, 76 percent of respondents say they are satisfied with their workplace. Almost all employees (93 percent) plan to stay in their current position for the next twelve months. “The willingness of employees to change jobs in the current economic environment is a decisive factor. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that flexibility can work for both employees and employers,” says Regina Karner, Head of People Advisory Services and Partner at EY Austria.

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