The scales in workplace preferences appear to be tipping in favor of employers in the post-pandemic era.
According to Michael J. Romer, managing partner at Romer Debbas LLP, the number of remote hires seems to be stalling as employers face a tight job market and a pool of candidates that are willing to come into the office.
“Many employers are faced with the difficult challenges associated with layoffs, salary cuts and/or freezes,” said Romer.
“Now, more than ever, employers are deeming the remote employee a luxury and potentially even an unnecessary one. To ensure job security, employees are realizing that returning to the office is the smart move.”
Recent LinkedIn data shows that remote job postings have fallen in the last several months despite applications for work-from-home positions increasing.
With a recession forecasted to hit the economy in 2023, employees may be left with no choice but to relinquish their dreams of a work-life balance.
Although the preference mismatch serves a loss for candidates attempting to usher in sweeping workplace policy changes, the tug-of-war between employers and employees remains competitive.