More than half (54%) of employees surveyed from around the world would consider leaving their job post-pandemic if they are not afforded some form of flexibility in work, said EY recently when releasing results of a survey.
The survey canvassed the views of more than 16,000 employees across 16 countries and multiple industries and job roles, according to EY.
- While 54% of employee respondents (54%) would choose flexibility in when they work, 40% want flexibility in where they work.
- On average, employees would want to work between two and three days remotely after the pandemic.
- When pandemic restrictions ease in their countries, 22% would prefer to work full time in the office, with 33% of employee respondents saying they want a shorter working week altogether.
- More than half (67%) believe their productivity can be accurately measured irrespective of location.
- The job roles most likely to move jobs include managers/leaders, those with technology or finance roles, and caregivers.
- Those most likely to stay in their current roles include baby boomers, individuals with 10+ years of tenure, and those in government or education roles.
- Attitudes to job retention differ by age, with millennials twice as likely as baby boomers to quit.
- Despite the apparent willingness to move jobs for more flexible working arrangements, most employee respondents (76%) say they are satisfied with their jobs, and almost all (93%) say they plan to stay in their current roles for the following 12 months.
Remote working and organisational culture
- 48% of respondents say their organisational culture has changed and improved during the course of the pandemic, while only 31% believe it has worsened.
Health and safety
- 61% want their company to make vaccination a pre-requisite for working from the office.
- Attitudes toward vaccinations vary between geographies, with 66% of respondents in South America agreeing that companies should require vaccination of all employees, compared with a comparative low of 52% in EMEIA.
Work from anywhere requires increased technology investments
- 64% of respondents say they want better technology in the office — for instance faster internet and videoconferencing
- 48% say they want companies to upgrade at-home hardware such s extra monitors and headsets
- 47% would like re-imbursement for high-speed internet/phone expenses.
- Despite the shift toward new ways of working and the rapid adoption of virtual meeting technology, 67% would like to travel for business moderately to extensively after the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase from 49% in the previous survey, which was conducted in 2020.