34% of Remote Workers May Quit If Required To Go Back Full Time

Could a turnover Tsunami be coming? A new study by global staffing firm Robert Half shows that about 1 in 3 professionals (34%) currently working from home due to the pandemic would look for a new job if required to be in the office full time.

New research from Robert Half shows employees’ ideal work environment and feelings about returning to the office full time.

Nearly half of all employees surveyed (49%) said they prefer a hybrid work arrangement, where they can divide time between the office and another location. Even if given the opportunity to be fully remote, professionals expressed the following concerns in doing so:

  1. Relationships with coworkers could suffer: 28% 
  2. Decreased productivity while at home: 26% 
  3. Fewer career advancement opportunities due to a lack of visibility: 20%

At the same time, workers may not be ready to return to the office, and employers may want to consider what could help ease their transition back on-site. Professionals said the top ways their company can support them include:

  1. Freedom to set preferred office hours 
  2. A personal, distraction-free workspace 
  3. Employer-paid commuting costs 
  4. Relaxed dress code 
  5. Employer-provided childcare

View an infographic of the research highlights.

“After a year of drastic change, many business leaders are eager to restore a sense of normalcy and welcome staff back to the office,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half. “But reopening doors will bring new obstacles for companies to navigate. Not all employees will be ready — or willing — to return to the workplace, so staying flexible and responsive to their needs will be critical.”


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