Office workers are quitting rather than going back to work in person
3rd June 2021


Since COVID, many office workers have found a new kind of freedom working remotely. People are working harder and longer, but at least they don’t have to commute or deal with coworkers in person. Some office workers are now being asked to return to in-person work. Many have gotten used to working from home and are quitting their jobs rather than go back to the office. Bloomberg has a new profile featuring employees who left jobs which were requiring them go back to the office. Dissatisfied workers are finding new jobs which are fully remote.

With the coronavirus pandemic receding for every vaccine that reaches an arm, the push by some employers to get people back into offices is clashing with workers who’ve embraced remote work as the new normal. A recent poll by Morning Consult showed that 39% of the 1000 respondents would consider quitting their jobs if their companies weren’t flexible about remote work. The poll also showed that of that 39%, 49% who were Gen Z or Millennials in that group would consider quitting. Trends are backing these figures up as many folks are taking to social media to discuss how they are quitting their jobs because they do not wish to return to office life where they have to deal office politics, specifically their bosses keeping them on a short leash. Many discovered that they got more done from home and had more time to do the things that they wanted to do. But we are seeing a generational divide in our ideals about what work and work culture look like. Below are a few more highlights via Bloomberg:

While companies from Google to Ford Motor Co. and Citigroup Inc. have promised greater flexibility, many chief executives have publicly extolled the importance of being in offices. Some have lamented the perils of remote work, saying it diminishes collaboration and company culture. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon said at a recent conference that it doesn’t work “for those who want to hustle.”

But legions of employees aren’t so sure. If anything, the past year has proved that lots of work can be done from anywhere, sans lengthy commutes on crowded trains or highways. Some people have moved. Others have lingering worries about the virus and vaccine-hesitant colleagues.

And for Twidt, there’s also the notion that some bosses, particularly those of a generation less familiar to remote work, are eager to regain tight control of their minions.

But as office returns accelerate, some employees may want different options. A May survey of 1,000 U.S. adults showed that 39% would consider quitting if their employers weren’t flexible about remote work. The generational difference is clear: Among millennials and Gen Z, that figure was 49%, according to the poll by Morning Consult on behalf of Bloomberg News.

“High-five to them,” said Sara Sutton, the CEO of FlexJobs, a job-service platform focused on flexible employment. “Remote work and hybrid are here to stay.”

The lack of commutes and cost savings are the top benefits of remote work, according to a FlexJobs survey of 2,100 people released in April. More than a third of the respondents said they save at least $5,000 per year by working remotely.

[From Bloomberg]

Remote and hybrid work are the future and we have been moving toward that model over the last decade. COVID just sped up that process. People have realized that they can get more done from home without the hassle of commuting or dealing with folks in the office. There is also a shift in work culture away from the hustle and grind mentality. People want a better work life balance. These corporations are going to continue to lose employees until they adjust to the new normal. Folks are tired of working long hours for low wages without much free time. I hope that workers continue to understand their worth and walk away. I haven’t worked in an office since 2019 and even then I had been working remotely for Facebook for two years. I would only go in for for the free food and to hang out with my coworkers. The thought of returning to a corporate job gives me a panic attack. So I am here for the job market being an employee’s market.

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