Everyone would like their work environment to feel like home, but a recent survey revealed that a big segment of workers feels very strongly about it.
Given a choice between considering quitting or working from an office full time, almost 40 percent the respondents leaned toward looking for another job.
The pandemic, of course, gave millions a taste of increased remote employment.
Of the 1,000 American adults polled in a Morning Consult survey last month, 39% said they’d consider quitting—and it’s largely a young-person stance, as 49% of those who said they’d possibly quit were millennials and Gen Z (born after 1980).
Companies have opened the door, figuratively, to a partial work-from-home solution, and others opted to redesign their office space as the economy continues to open up.
A Business Insider story, however, shows that not all big companies are on board.
JPMorgan believes the in-person model is favorable. CEO Jamie Dimon said on May 4 that working remotely “does not work for young people” and “those who want to hustle.”
The solitary nature of a strict, work-from-home model affects workers’ emotional well-being, according to Chris Biggs, a partner at the consultancy firm Theta Global Advisors.
Biggs told Insider that bosses welcoming back their workforce must be “tuned into people’s mental health,” and that mandating employees return to the office is a bad idea.
“You could do a lot of damage to those who don’t want to go into the office,” he said.
The Morning Consult survey is consistent with a FlexJobs survey of 2,100 people who worked remotely during the pandemic. Almost 58 percent of respondents said they would “absolutely” look for a new job if they couldn’t continue remote work.