As employees settle into their remote and hybrid work routines, companies are ready for staff to return to the office.
But that could be easier said than done: a survey from careers service Zety asked more than 1,000 US workers what their work expectations will be going into 2023, and 60% said they would rather quit their job than return to their desks five days a week.
Workplace trends have been a bit tumultuous over the last two years. In 2021, the Great Resignation emboldened employees to quit their jobs en masse to find better opportunities. More recently, quiet quitting and quiet firing have highlighted the strained relationships between workers and their bosses.
Now, many companies are advocating for their employees to return to the office. Of the respondents surveyed by Zety, 79% said their employers wanted them to return to full-time, on-site work, with 86% of respondents saying they currently worked remotely most or all of the time.
With almost two-thirds of employees willing to quit should they be forced to return to the office, employers risk losing a sizable chunk of their workforce, Zety said.
Remote working isn't the only thing taking priority on employees' list of expectations. As prices soar, 77% of workers want to see their salaries increase in line with inflation. Employees also want more flexibility in their work hours so they can set their own schedules (76%), while 70% want mental health support, which Zety noted was particularly important given the rising rates of job burnout.
Tailored training that provides employees with ongoing upskilling and professional development opportunities was cited as important by 69% of employees. This could be critical to enabling employers to fill skills gap within businesses.