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Survey: Americans ready to quit their jobs if remote working is abolished


A survey showed that four out of ten Americans who work remotely at least part of the time will start looking for another job if they are required to return to the office. Workers are sometimes willing to give up a higher salary to work remotely.

Four out of ten Americans, who work from home at least one day a week, would look for another job if they are required to work from the office all the time. This is according to a study by the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago.

The researchers published results of a survey of more than 2,000 people conducted in June. Participants were asked what they would do if their employer announced that all employees had to start working from the office five or more days a week starting Aug. 1. 

Among those surveyed, 58% said they would comply with the requirement. A further 36% said they would start looking for a job that allowed them to work from home for at least one or two days a week, but would comply if they could not find one by August 1. In addition, 6% would quit regardless of finding another job.

Many employees and employers found that remote working "worked better than expected", the researchers noted. This led to the desire to continue working from home even after the coronavirus pandemic. 

When a job seeker has multiple options, about three-quarters of the time they choose remote or hybrid work, Ryan Sutton, a district director at Robert Half, a firm that specializes in finding employees for tech companies in New York and New England, told MarketWatch. When companies looking for contract employees offer lower salaries for remote work, candidates are sometimes willing to accept that, he said.

source: marketwatch.com