Telecommuting or promotion? Here’s what techs would choose
In the ongoing war for talent, the balance of power tilts firmly in favor of employees, who are more willing than ever to vote with their feet if employers refuse to adopt new ways of working.
Employee expectations have evolved significantly in recent years, with the ability to work flexibly becoming a top priority. In fact, a survey of over 6,100 professionals suggests that employees would choose freedom and flexibility over career advancement within their company, with 71% of respondents saying they would pass up a promotion in exchange. the ability to work from anywhere, anytime. .
The poll was conducted by IT company Ivanti, which surveyed 4,510 office workers and 1,609 IT professionals in the US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, and Australia to understand attitudes toward remote work, sticking points across demographics, and various remote work experiences so far.
It revealed that 87% of employees did not want to work full-time from their desks and were keen on ‘hybrid’ arrangements that combined on-site work and work from another location, either from home or elsewhere. Companies that insist on a full-time return to the office could face resignations: nearly a quarter (24%) of respondents say they would quit their job if forced to.
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There are many valid arguments for giving employees more control over their work habits, including the fact that research consistently shows that workers who are given flexibility have higher rates of job satisfaction, engagement, motivation and productivity, and are less stressed.
Other benefits of flexible working cited by Ivanti survey respondents are a better work-life balance and the savings in time and money from not having to travel as often.
The report notes that many employees had already moved out of major cities and suburban centers during the pandemic, which could make it even more difficult to convince them to return – especially when there are many high-paying jobs that offer remote services. working.
In Spain, for example, 81% of office workers moved temporarily or permanently, Ivanti found. When asked what they would do if their boss asked them to return to the office full-time, 24% said they would look for another job.
The workforce has already seen significant changes in recent years. According to Ivanti, the number of digital nomads in the United States has more than tripled, from 4.8 million in 2018 to 15.5 million in 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to a lot of soul-searching by work-weary employers, prompting large numbers of quits and intense demand for technology and IT professionals among companies looking to bolster their infrastructure. , their cybersecurity and their digital platforms.
Nearly a quarter (24%) of employees have left their jobs in the past year, Ivanti found, while 28% of respondents said they plan to change jobs in the next six months. month.
Implementing a hybrid work strategy will be crucial to attracting and retaining talent in the months ahead, with demand for tech workers showing no signs of slowing down and tech workers themselves showing no signs of slowing down. indication that they will yield to the warrants back to the bosses office. .
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That’s not to say a hybrid switch will be problem-free – there are a myriad of IT, security, logistical and personnel issues that will need to be addressed, and there won’t be a one-size-fits-all solution. .
However, employers who rise to the challenge will reap the rewards in the form of increased motivation, increased engagement and performance, while keeping their hands on their best employees.
“Creating a workplace where employees can thrive is one of the biggest challenges facing business leaders and IT teams today,” said Jeff Abbot, CEO of Ivanti.
“Creating a great workplace is no longer just about a ping pong table or a fully equipped break room; employees need the right tools to be the most productive and safe, wherever they work.”