AUSTIN, 20 July, 2022 — Employers who are rejecting remote work are doing themselves a disservice, said Remote Worker CEO Joseph Boll. Despite the Great Resignation, countless companies have begun forcing employees to return to traditional workplaces. However, Boll argued that this is akin to self-sabotage.
“Employers need to be taking heed of what their staff needs, especially now,” he said. “Just ignoring the fact that most Americans want some form of remote work isn’t going to make it go away.
“When you force them back into a space they would rather not be in, not only does it impact their work performance but it also forces them to really think about whether they’d be better off walking away.
“It becomes a question of how soon the resignation is coming at that point, and that leaves the employer with a problem that could have easily been avoided.”
Boll added, “This is just one of the many reasons why businesses need to really consider their next move carefully.”
According to a recent survey by OperationsInc, an HR consulting firm, US workers want more remote work opportunities.
It has been widely reported that many workers are willing to quit their jobs over it, but OperationsInc found that some are even willing to take pay cuts for more remote work.
The survey studied 500 US workers and found that “over half (51 percent) of workers say they want to work remotely more than they currently do”.
Additionally, 40 percent said “they intend to look for a new job in the next six months so that they can work remotely more often or every day”.
“Nearly half of workers (49 percent) say they would be willing to take a pay cut to increase or retain their flexible/remote work arrangement,” OperationsInc found, “with 21 percent saying that they would take a pay cut even if it was more than five percent of their salary.
“Three in five (60 percent) workers say they intend to change jobs in the next six months.
“Two in five (40 percent) want to change jobs to work remotely more often or every day.”
Such findings, Boll said, make a clear case for why employers should be seriously considering remote work opportunities if they have not already done so.
“Remote working is effective and it’s what most employees want,” the CEO noted, “so why not come together on a solution?”