New research has revealed that nearly half of workers would leave their jobs post-pandemic if their company did not shift to a hybrid work model.
Envoy’s Return to the Workplace Report found that 41% of respondents would take a job with a lower salary if it meant they were offered a hybrid work position.
“This sends an important message to HR leaders that employees are expecting significant changes from the office when they return,” said Larry Gadea, founder and CEO startup workforce platform Envoy. “Employees want to be sure the workplace offers more value, flexibility, community, wellness and safety than before, especially for those who have shown that they are quite happy and productive working from home.”
The report also found that, along with implementing a hybrid work policy, enforcing mandatory vaccinations is essential for employees. In fact, 62% stated they supported a vaccine mandate for in-person workers.
Furthermore, 66% said they were concerned about their health and safety when returning to the office and 61% found they were worried that COVID-19 measures could be relaxed too soon.
This is part of the reason why so many employees want the flexibility of a hybrid model. Adopting this strategy allows them to choose the best work schedule for their needs, while alleviating any anxiety about coming back to the workplace after over a year.
“If HR leaders don’t address these new employee preferences created by the shift to remote work, they may risk losing their best employees,” said Gadea.