For some, this year has proven that work can still be done from anywhere. A Bloomberg study suggests 39% of employees would consider quitting than returning to the office in person; millennials vs. Gen Z figure was even greater at 49%.
Some have embraced working from home as the new normal. Employers like Google, Ford, and Citi Group have promised greater flexibility.
About 28% of U.S. offices are back at their building, according to Security company Kastle Systems.
Some employers say remote work diminishes collaboration and company culture. Generations less familiar with remote work may be more eager to go into the office.
In an interview with Bloomberg news, Anthony Klotz, an associate professor of management at Texas A&M University, who’s researched why people quit jobs said, “Bosses taking a hard stance should beware, particularly given labor shortages in the economy.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “the labor force participation rate was little changed at 61.6 percent in May and has remained within a narrow range of 61.4 percent to 61.7 percent since June 2020. The participation rate is 1.7 percentage points lower than in February 2020.”
Klotz also said to Bloomberg news, “If you’re a company that thinks everything’s going back to normal, you may be right but it’s pretty risky to hope that’s the case.”
As more companies are implementing fully remote or hybrid work strategies, it’s time for integrators to start positioning themselves more as remote work solution providers.