Employees all over the world got their first taste of remote work throughout the pandemic, and ever since there has been some controversy between employees and their employers who want them to return to the office for a traditional workday. A new survey showcases that half of employees would rather quit than deal with an employer who insists on in-person work in the office environment.
This survey, according to Microsoft, shows that employees would rather quit than return to the office full-time. This survey was conducted from October 7th, 2021 through October 15th, 2021, and it surveyed 2,046 employees and 504 HR decision makers in the United Kingdom.
This displays that employers should at least consider a hybrid option.
Would these employees actually quit? Who can really say? At the end of the day, the idea that they feel this strongly about the concept is indicative enough of their frustrations with in-person work. As a business owner, you need to take these feelings into consideration when preparing your business model. If you don’t, it could cost you talent down the road. You might be able to solve certain problems with outsourcing, but it’s not going to solve all of your problems–and if you are outsourcing, it’s basically the same as having remote employees, isn’t it? They’re just not officially on your payroll, so to speak.
Here are some other statistics related to the study that you might find interesting:
- 36 percent of UK workers hired during the COVID-19 pandemic have never set foot in the office.
- 42 percent report that they have had trouble building relationships with their colleagues.
- 33 percent lack direction from their managers or supervisors.
- 24 percent claim that they have had trouble learning new skills and software.
- 23 percent fail to earn the confidence of their coworkers.
- 21 percent are not feeling the company culture.
- 36 percent of HR managers reported having difficulty with training new employees.
- 35 percent are confident that their employees have access to the appropriate information.
It might be difficult to understand, but it’s something that business owners must be able to adapt to. Thankfully, the technology enabling hybrid or remote work isn’t as complicated as you might think–especially if you are working with an IT provider like SRS Networks.
In the end, it’s not our job to tell you how to run your business; we just want to spread awareness that employees may have certain expectations for how and where they work, and for your organization to be able to make adjustments based on these expectations as needed. If your organization needs help with implementing or managing technology for its remote or hybrid workplace, we can help!
You don’t have to let fear of the unknown stop you from implementing technology for a remote or hybrid workplace. To learn more about how you can make this happen for your company, reach out to us at (831) 758-3636.