Tech Republic: “It’s tempting to think that the pandemic is over, even though the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly through the U.S. and only 45.3% of all American adults are fully vaccinated. Offices are slowly reopening, but it’s impossible to know what the second half of the year will look like. Uncertainty is still with us and managers should plan for a bumpy ride. Findings from a new survey of knowledge workers can help company leaders set new expectations and guardrails for navigating this latest work challenge. Slack’s research group, the Future Forum, recently released the results of its latest knowledge worker survey. The Pulse survey found that “Flexibility is now a core benefit—it ranks second only to compensation among factors that employees value in their jobs.” The survey found that employees want more flexibility about how they get work done across the board:
- 76% want some form of flexibility where they work
- 93% want flexibility when they work
Future Forum Pulse is a survey of 10,447 knowledge workers in the USA, Australia, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K. conducted by Qualtrics April 26–May 6, 2021. The report authors recommend rethinking behavior and mindset changes, not just figuring out “how many days a week employees are expected to come into the office or a narrow focus on real estate strategy.”..