Employees demand the option to work hybrid: 1 in 3 do not want a full-time office job

The labor market has changed enormously, especially because of the pandemic. Due to the forced working from home during the corona measures, employees have come to realize that they get a lot of work done from home. They expect flexibility from their employer, especially when it comes to working hours and work location.

And employees can demand this from their employer. After all, there are now more vacancies than unemployed in the labor market, while a fifth of employees are currently looking for a new job. By way of comparison: before the corona crisis this was still 12 percent.

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Technology provider Owl Labs took a closer look at employee needs. Ten thousand employees from various European countries participated in the annual State of Hybrid Work survey, including two thousand from the Netherlands. The research found that flexibility is one of the main reasons for employees to look for a new job or to accept a particular job. An important fact for employers now that they have to pull out all the stops to retain employees. Staff turnover can be costly, which is why more and more organizations are focusing primarily on retaining talent. Employers must therefore become more flexible in all areas. Not only in terms of work location and working hours, but also, for example, by offering employees the opportunity to develop within the organization. For example, 22 percent consider training and development an important fringe benefit.

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But working hours and work location are the main reasons for not keeping or taking a job, according to the research by Owl Labs. More than a third will not need a new job if flexible working hours are not offered. Another third will turn down the job if there is no flexible work location, and another third will drop out when required to work full-time in the office. So employees want flexibility and without it they won’t keep or take a job, Owl Labs sums it up. The desire of employees to work from a different location does not mean that they are disadvantaged: almost four in ten office workers find it more difficult to build relationships with colleagues at a distance. In addition, a majority of employees say they believe their boss has more confidence in colleagues who are physically present in the office than in employees who work (partly) remotely. Managers in turn say that they are indeed more involved with employees they see in person on a daily basis.

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In addition to providing technology solutions to reduce distance, companies can do more to support employees who (want to) work remotely, Owl Labs notes.And almost all Dutch respondents in the survey say they are concerned about measures an employer can take to bring about a return to the office. According to Owl Labs, it’s important that companies listen to employees. “So that they can provide them with an effective hybrid work environment that everyone can feel comfortable in.”

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Author: Jobly