LinkedIn warns of mass ‘flexidus’ amongst UK workforce over inadequate flexible working options
LONDON, ENGLAND — Despite some organisations increasingly pressuring businesses to return to the office, companies that refuse to embrace remote work actually stand to lose out not just on hiring top talent but also on keeping their best employees.
Multiple surveys have shown most Brits would rather quit their jobs than return to traditional forms of working. This fact, coupled with the onset of the “Great Resignation”, means there is more competition than ever for businesses to attract, hire and retain the best in their fields.
In a most recent, high-profile case, Apple Director Ian Goodfellow actually left the company over its move to have employees return to the office, stating, “I believe strongly that more flexibility would have been the best policy for my team.”
LinkedIn likewise has warned UK companies they could be in for a “flexidus” of employees leaving should they choose to force a return to traditional offices.
‘Flexidus’ over remote work options
Despite opposition to remote work, even amongst high-ranking officials, LinkedIn has warned employers can face detrimental effects by rejecting remote or flexible work options.
A statement from the organisation noted, “New research from LinkedIn…highlights a potential impending ‘flexidus’ amongst women in the UK workforce, with a staggering 52 percent saying they’ve considered leaving or have left their role due to a lack of flexibility.”
LinkedIn noted that these results came despite a staggering 80 percent of UK businesses insisting they have “improved workplace policies to offer employees greater flexibility”.
The company, which recently moved to offer its employees permanent remote work, underscored the disconnect between large employers believing themselves to have a progressive approach to flexible work and staff members, mostly women, stating those options are ineffective.
Employers urged to adapt to remote working
Remote Worker CEO Joseph Boll urged organisations to heed the writing on the wall and adapt to more flexible ways of working before losing the best of their staff.
“Remote work is the future and it is here to stay,” he emphasized.
He referenced an ONS survey that found there are more job vacancies than there are employed individuals in the UK.
“It has been shown time and time again that Brits expect at least some form of flexible work in the future,” Boll noted, “and they have lots of other companies to choose from if their current employer isn’t willing to provide the kind of work-life balance that they need.”
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