52% of Brits rather quit than go back to the office full time

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According to research conducted by Momentive (NASDAQ: MNTV—formerly SurveyMonkey), a pioneer in adaptive experience management, over half (52%) of Uk hybrid workers would quit their job if pushed back into the office full time, with 11% stating they would quit on the spot. The epidemic has altered the working environment dramatically, and flexible and hybrid work have become essential perks for many UK employees (34 percent and 44 percent respectively).


Workers are beginning to demand more from their companies, with a four-day workweek (42 percent) and unrestricted vacation time (41 percent) being named as the top two perks that employed UK people desire but do not have. Companies that want to attract workers back into the workplace on a hybrid basis should balance their working practices and implement both those that create a comfortable and safe working atmosphere and those that provide their employees flexibility.


Return to office hesitancy


Although the return to work is well started, businesses should be wary of reverting to ‘old’ modes of working if they want to keep their employees during the ‘great resignation,’ as it is already being nicknamed. Fully 40% of employees say they are hesitant to return to work full-time after working on a hybrid or remote basis, with the figure climbing to 60% for those who have worked on a hybrid or remote basis. Employers, on the other hand, can take steps to alleviate employee worries.


The following are the top three things an employer may do to make workers feel more at ease about returning to work:


  • Vaccinations are required for all employees (35 percent )

  • Increasing the size of the workplace to aid with social distancing (32 percent )

  • Negative COVID-19 tests are required upon arrival (30 percent )


While 85 percent of the workers in the research had gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, requiring immunizations for all employees might be a difficult issue, as 15% have acknowledged to having received no vaccine at all. To retain employees and create a safe working environment, businesses must remain adaptable and respond swiftly and humanely to the evolving COVID-19 scenario. For example, the emergence of the Delta COVID-19 variation has made 32 percent of UK workers more cautious to return to work, with younger people aged 18-24 being the most likely to have altered their minds (41 percent), compared to just 28 percent of those aged 35 to 64.


While there are rules that employers may implement to alleviate their present workforce’s worries and create a safe and flexible working environment, businesses will need to begin looking into the perks that UK workers now desire in order to attract new talent and keep current employees. The days of luring the top employees to work for you with beer on tap and ping pong tables are long gone. In fact, having a bar in the workplace was voted the least desired advantage, with 65 percent of employees stating they didn’t want or were provided it. While the top two advantages that employed UK people want that they don’t already have (42 percent and 41 percent, respectively) are a four-day workweek and unrestricted vacation, there is also a need for improved wellness assistance. Mental health assistance was a benefit that doubled in popularity during the pandemic, from 17 percent prior to the outbreak to 33 percent afterward. A quarter of workers still want this perk to be implemented.


Employees would like to see the following benefits given in the future:


  • A four-day workweek is ideal (42 percent )

  • Allowance for vacations is unlimited (41 percent )

  • Pension contributions will be increased (33 percent )

  • Health-care coverage (33 percent )

  • Parental leave and salary should be increased (29 percent )


Proximity bias is a concern


Some employees work in the office while others work from home, thanks to the development of flexible employment. Proximity bias, or the belief that people who work in close proximity are superior workers, is an issue. When questioned about proximity bias, 21% of workers worry that if they work remotely, they would miss out on chances. Furthermore, 25% acknowledge that they seek the advice of people with whom they physically work more than their distant colleagues. Young employees are the most concerned about proximity bias, with one-third (34%) of 18- to 24-year-olds fearing that working remotely will limit their influence at work and cause them to miss out on chances, compared to just 7% of 55- 64 years of age.


The role of feedback in shaping what’s next


One of the main factors that set companies apart during COVID-19 was how attentive they were to employee requirements and feedback, in addition to offering flexible and hybrid employment. Despite the fact that 69 percent of hybrid UK workers claim they were asked for regular input throughout the epidemic, just 41% of non-hybrid workers believe they were.


Along with the growing use of flexible work, another net benefit for employees is a greater sense of ownership and agency as a result of the epidemic. Half of employees (49%) believe their bosses pay more attention to their input now than they did before the COVID-19 epidemic. However, there is fear that when the globe transitions to a post-pandemic mode of operation, this increasing impact will be limited. One-fifth of UK employees (18%) are afraid that their company would disregard their input when deciding on working practices in 2022, while 12% are concerned that their employer will compel a complete return to work the following year.


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