Returning to the office full-time would cause many to quit: Poll

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The report revealed that most office workers would like to be in the office three days a week.

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Returning to the office full time? Thanks, but no thanks!

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Nearly half of Canadian office workers surveyed — 43% — said they would find a new job if their employer returned to the office full-time, according to the Amazon Business Return to Office report.

Only 12% are in favor of working entirely in the office.

The Angus Reid online forum for Amazon surveyed 1,600 office workers and found that only half of employees who were working remotely due to the pandemic returned to the office.

Thirty-one percent of returning employees said the Omicron variant sent them home to work.

“It’s clear that the role the physical office plays in day-to-day work and employee satisfaction has changed dramatically during the pandemic,” said Nick Georgijev, country manager for Amazon Business Canada. “We’re not going back to where we were, and businesses have to adapt to the many operational realities that come with that.

“Canadian employers will need to consider not only how and when to bring their employees back to the office, but whether they should…and how to prepare that talent to succeed from anywhere if it doesn’t return fully.

The report found that 57% of workers would prefer to split work between the office and home, and most would like to be in the office three days a week.

“Convincing these workers to change their minds could prove costly, as respondents say higher pay, more flexible work hours, more vacations and better benefits are the top four incentives that would make them change their minds. return to work in the office full-time,” the report said.

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Hiring new employees could also be a challenge, as 55% of respondents said they would be less likely to accept a new job if the job was in the office full-time.

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Flexible work hours and the ability to work remotely were more important to office workers seeking new employment than workplace culture, opportunities for growth, advancement, or training and development and office benefits.

“Employers need to reconsider everything about their physical workspaces to meet the changing demands of their current and future workforce. This includes everything from their real estate footprint to procurement to technology and supplies,” Georgijev said.

“Those who adapt best and fastest will have a strong advantage, especially if they empower their teams to thrive while working remotely.”

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