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Workplace Flexibility Drives Career Decisions

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The pandemic’s ripple effects continue to be felt. As utilities brace themselves for the New Normal, they need to carefully evaluate workplace decisions. Employees have become comfortable with remote work options, and forcing them back into the office may lead to turnover and reduce productivity.

Initially, many companies balked at employees working at home. Now that such arrangements have become commonplace, one point is clear: employees like these arrangements. In fact, only 4% want to go back to working in the office full time, according to Gartner.

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Mandatory Office Work Creates Turnover

Not only do employees not want to return to the office, but also in many cases, forcing them back may have unintended consequences. Close to four out of ten (39%) of workers said they are likely to leave their jobs if forced back into the office full time.  Further evidence of workplace flexibility becoming a Must Have rather than a Nice to Have: 55% of employees say whether or not their boss offers that option will determine whether or not they stay with their employer or look for another job.

In addition to preventing turnover, letting employees work creates other benefits: 62% of remote knowledge workers are high performers compared to 27% of those sequestered in the office.

When the pandemic started, workplace uncertainty reigned. As it ebbs, it has become clear that corporations will need to offer their employees flexibility in choosing when they come into the office. If not, they will lose both productivity and their workers.

 

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