Podcast: We Love Our Jobs. But Let’s Not Rush Back to Work

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There’s a new survey out that says job satisfaction in America is back to where it was before Covid-19. Remote work, flexible schedules, greater autonomy and not dealing with a commute are all playing a part. People seem to like the situation enough that even the rollout of coronavirus vaccines isn’t enough to pull most people back to the office five days a week. In fact, some employees say that’d look for a new job if they had to go back to some kind of workspace.

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The survey’s from workforce-management platform Hibob. It found some definite signs that job satisfaction is tied to flexible work. For example: Some 62% of individual contributors, 66% of middle managers and 79% of senior managers say they’re highly satisfied with work. Those aren’t dramatically different than they were before Covid. 

Meantime, only 10% of employees want to go back to the office full-time. Most people seem to like the idea of working two or three days in the office, the rest of the time at home.

This is all causing a rethink about the whole point of the office. The study said offices are evolving from everyday work spaces to places designated for socialization, collaboration and company culture. In-office time could become more about meetings and onboarding than heads-down worktime.

And, indeed, nearly a third of individuals said socialization’s the most important purpose of the office now. More than a third of managers said it was collaboration.

Either way, flexibility seems to play a prominent role in people’s thinking. Hibob says employees have established a strong rhythm with hybrid work, and they’re not going to rush back to the workplace five days a ways just because they got vaccinated. 

And this talk of socializing seems to be about staying connected with others, face to face. Clockwise, a company that develops scheduling software, says that since the pandemic began, people spend 25% more time in team meetings.

Hibob’s results aren’t necessarily earth-shattering. There’s been a lot of research that’s found employees like the hybrid-work approach and that business leaders see it as workable. The number of employers who feel good about remote work increased 10 points between June 2020 and January 2021, according to PwC. And more employees say they’re more productive now than they were before the pandemic, the firm said.

And this has been PeopleTech, the podcast of the HCM Technology Report. A publication of RecruitingDaily. We’re also a member of Evergreen Podcasts. You can check out other shows at www.evergreenpodcasts.com.

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I’m Mark Feffer.

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