Providing flexibility will make your offer to candidates more appealing
Despite major corporations like Microsoft, Google and Apple reopening their doors and welcoming staff back to the office, data indicates that you shouldn’t follow the trend, unless you’re offering a hybrid work model.
Nearly 90% of employees prefer a role with remote options, according to San Francisco-based PRO Unlimited, an integrated workforce management platform provider. In other words, employers that offer such flexibility will capture 96% of the labor market while those that don’t will lose out on 58% of candidates. That’s a big deal during the Great Resignation, in which companies across the United States are experiencing historic turnover. More than 50 million Americans have quit their jobs over the past year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Employees in the technology industry, such as those working in Silicon Valley, seem to desire the “WFH” lifestyle more than those in any other field. Roughly two-thirds of tech employees (66%) said they prefer working remotely full time, and 34% said they would only accept a full-time remote role. Just over 60% of network engineers and 47% of software engineers shared the same sentiment.
Even if you do request employees to come to the office for just a few days a week, you may still be risking losing your workforce. About two-thirds of Google employees are dissatisfied with the tech giant’s hybrid model and 34% said they are considering looking for another job because of the return-to-office strategy, according to Blind.
Remote work isn’t the way of the future – it’s the demand of the present. Savvy business leaders understand that and will leverage such flexibility for the benefit of their company. According to a Northeastern University survey, more than 1,000 C-suite executives claimed the COVID-19 pandemic has made them more likely to encourage remote work as a way to recruit new employees.
Learn six effective ways to onboard new employees remotely here.