Study Finds Reducing Work Flexibility Will Prompt Job Seeking

Nearly half (47 percent) of U.S. workers indicate they would consider looking for a new job should their employer reduce remote and hybrid work flexibility, new Eagle Hill Consulting research finds.

Remote work flexibility is more important to younger workers. Sixty-one percent of GenZ and 57 percent of Millennial employees indicate they would look for other employment if remote flexibility were scaled back, with Baby Boomers at 29 percent.

The findings come as employers are announcing plans to end remote work for some employees, while other organizations are sticking with remote-first or employee-driven work location decisions.

At the same time, job market power is shifting back to employers amid layoffs and economic turbulence.

The nationwide survey of U.S. workers also finds that employees see the value of in-person work. Sixty percent of workers say those who work more in the office than remotely are more likely to be successful in their jobs.

A majority of workers say integrating new team members is managed better in person, as is team building, managing teams and training, onboarding and kicking off a new project, getting a project back on track and performance discussions, giving and receiving feedback and brainstorming.

“Employers are walking a tightrope when it comes to remote and hybrid work changes,” said Melissa Jezior, president and CEO of Eagle Hill Consulting. Balancing the need for high performance while also retaining top talent isn’t easy. The research suggests that approaches to remote work must be nuanced and there is common ground.

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