Offices are reopening as the economy picks up, and some companies are beginning to try to get their employees back to in-person work. However, two-thirds of workers would consider looking for a new job if they were unnecessarily forced to return to the office full-time; according to a survey by payroll provider ADP.
Workers who consider their sector to be safe fell from 36% in a similar 2021 survey to 25%. The percentage of those actively looking to change jobs increased from 15% to 23%and almost a third of them are considering starting their job search, compared to 24% in 2021.
“The pandemic has caused a rethinking of priorities and workers are willing to leave work if employers do not meet their standards on various fronts,” the study noted.
Half of workers said they are only somewhat or not at all satisfied with their current job, and ADP said issues that arose during the pandemic – around hours worked and location, unpaid work time and stress – were leading employees to negotiate the terms of their current jobs or to plan an exit.
The results come on the heels of data in the United States that showed high levels of job turnover, as well as near-record vacancies, as companies struggle to hire and retain employees.
The mismatch between the number of job seekers and the number needed to fill vacancies is driving high wage increases in some sectors and is one of the key tensions that officials at the Federal Reserve (fed) consider that it is necessary to resolve to stop the high inflation.
“The pandemic persists. Pandemic-induced stress in the workplace has increased, not decreased,” said ADP Chief Economist Nela Richardson.