(OPINION) Is working from home now a deal-breaker for you and where you work? You’re not alone. A new survey finds the pandemic lockdowns, which pushed many companies to switch to remote work, are changing what employees are putting on their “must-have” lists when it comes to their careers.
Now, nearly six in 10 people (58%) say they want a fully remote job. The FlexJobs survey of more than 4,600 people also finds 39 percent prefer a “hybrid” job that allows them to work at home and at the office. Meanwhile, just three percent of respondents want to return to an office full-time after the pandemic.
Despite the rapidly growing popularity of working from home, the poll finds 42 percent of respondents say their current employers are requiring them to return to in-person work. Only 27 percent are allowing workers to switch to a hybrid schedule and 17 percent are keeping their businesses full remote.
That schism in the workplace is leading to a startling decision by many workers facing the prospect of going back to an office full-time. The poll finds 44 percent of respondents know at least one person who has already quit their job or is planning to quit because their boss is requiring them to restart in-person work.
Moreover, 29 percent say they’re currently looking for a new job that allows for remote work. Another 17 percent would quit the job they currently have if it didn’t offer some form of remote work. READ MORE