Salary and benefits aren't the only factors that workers consider when it comes to changing jobs. Many employees have become so fond of remote working amid the COVID-19 pandemic that they’ve made telecommuting a priority for employment choices in the future.
A majority of remote workers (62%) said they’d give preference in the future to employers that offer remote work, according to new research by resume-building website LiveCareer.
Not only have workers found a number of benefits to working from home, but some believe it may have helped their career.
A return to normal looms for nearly 8 in 10 respondents
Last year, many workers buckled down for the long haul, not expecting to return to the workplace anytime soon. However, with vaccines beginning to be deployed across the country, many are now beginning to see an eventual end to the need to work from home. In fact, nearly 8 in 10 respondents (79%) said their company has plans to return to on-site work at some point.
But that doesn't mean employees are happy about their work experience going back to normal. More than 6 in 10 (61%) said they want their employer to let them continue to work remotely even after the pandemic ends.
For some, remote working has been a boon for their career. More than a quarter (28%) believe working remotely has improved their chances of getting a promotion or a raise.
Some would even be willing to take drastic actions to keep working from home. Nearly 3 in 10 (29%) said they'd be willing to quit if their employer didn't allow them to keep working remotely.
For many of those workers, the benefits of remote working outweigh the stability of their current jobs. When asked what gains they have experienced since working from home, the following were cited:
- Flexibility: 64%
- Improved work-life balance: 44%
- Feeling of safety: 40%
- Increased productivity: 29%
- New career-related skills: 10%
74% of remote workers want to be office-based three or fewer days a week
Every worker is different and has unique priorities that drive their career decisions. For example, an earlier survey found that most employees value fair treatment and a pleasant work environment over other perks.
When it comes to the desire to work remotely, some workers would be willing to compromise and work in the office some of the time. When asked how many days a week they’d like to work from the office:
- 30% said three days
- 25% said two days
- 19% said one day
- 9% said four days
Other workers said they could be enticed to come back to the office through other perks, including:
- Pay raises
- More flexible schedules
- Fewer working hours
- Free food, snacks and coffee
- More opportunities to socialize with colleagues
Methodology: LiveCareer surveyed 1,022 people who've been working remotely because of the pandemic. The survey was conducted the first week of December 2020.