Workers are still leaving their jobs en masse, with 4.4 million people reportedly quitting their jobs in September.
While there are countless factors that are contributing to these labor losses, workers have cited losing their flexibility and work-from-home privileges to be the top reasons for leaving their positions.
Future Forum, a consortium backed by Slack, recently conducted a survey of 10,569 knowledge or skilled office workers which showed that 76% of employees want workplace flexibility and 93% want work schedule flexibility.
Additionally, 66% of executives said they were creating post-pandemic work strategies with little to no feedback from employees, which is cause for concern.
While the same number of executives said they were being “very transparent” about new work policies, just 42% of non-executives said their employer was being transparent about their post-pandemic strategies.
Even more worrying is that 57% of knowledge workers are open to looking for a new job next year.
For many workers, the driving force behind them leaving their jobs or simply considering it is a combination of both burnout and the lack of policy that could help prevent burnout. The solution to this ongoing work issue? Flexibility.
The findings of the survey clearly indicate that professionals need more flexibility in their work environment and schedule, and without these options, are happy to find an employer who will meet the demand.