A new survey from HP has found that workers who are feeling overwhelmed by current work arrangements are taking matters into their own hands, marking the rise of the “empowered employee.”
The survey of 1,000 office workers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and US found that half have seen a reduction in work hours since the start of the pandemic. That has led empowered employees to use their newfound time to learn new skills, embrace flexibility and look to employers to provide the necessary resources to perform their best work.
However, less than a quarter of respondents said they received guidance from their employers on how to efficiently work from home.
Despite all of these challenges, the majority of workers said the pandemic could lead them to upgrading their work environment. Additionally, this time has also allowed employees to hone in on other skills such as foreign languages or tech support knowledge.
In fact, the survey found that one in six workers were learning at least one new skill during this time.
With job security falling and employees adopting new skills, many are looking for new career paths in the long-term. The study revealed that half of Millennials workers would consider starting their own business due to a loss of job security.
This means that companies will need to make an extra effort to retain their talent by supporting their needs, such as increased flexibility, better resources to support health and well-being and more.