More than one in three Australians would quit if they couldn’t work from home

The work from home research, which surveyed workers in 27 countries in mid-2021 and early 2022, found that workers wanted to continue working from home 1.7 days a week, while employers planned that staff continue to work remotely 0.7 days a week from the pandemic.

Accountancy firm EY adopted flexible working policies long before the pandemic, offering staff in capitals the option of working from home a day or two a week 10 years ago.

Elisa Colak, EY Oceania’s talent leader, said while flexible working has been normal at EY for some time, it needs to be the new norm in office-based businesses.

“There is no room for any flexibility,” she said. “When you have an office environment like ours, I think the need to be flexible will be key if you want to retain your staff.”

Colak says the results speak for themselves, with EY’s own surveys showing that staff who use flexibility are more engaged and productive; they also reported better levels of general well-being.

“If you look at both sides, it works,” she said. “But I think other companies, if they’re not looking for flexibility, they’re probably a little behind on the eight ball.”

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More and more companies are embracing this flexibility as they emerge from the first two and a half years of the pandemic.

A study by the Indeed job site found that at the end of August, 9.7% of job postings on Indeed explicitly mentioned that they were remote work opportunities, which is more than twice as high as before the pandemic. These ads included either fully remote jobs or jobs that combined work from home and days in the office.

Workers also remain interested in remote opportunities. Remote work searches now represent 2.7% of all searches on Indeed, 6.4 times more than before the pandemic.

Callam Pickering, Indeed’s Asia-Pacific economist, said not all flex jobs were necessarily advertised as such, but it was clear that workers placed “tremendous value” on the ability to work remotely. .

“Potentially what we are seeing is a gap in the perceived value of remote working between employers and job seekers, with employers not understanding how valuable remote working really is for Australian workers,” said he declared.

“While there are sure to be many workers who like the idea of ​​returning to the office full-time, removing that flexibility is sure to be met with some resistance.”

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