No Remote Work? Get Ready For Working Parents To Quit
Employees—working parents in particular—have grown fond of working from home. FlexJobs surveyed more than 1,100 parents with children 18 or younger to get insight into their experience working remotely and their expectations from post-pandemic workplaces.
Top takeaways from the survey:
Sixty-two percent of working parents would quit without remote work
Two critical concerns for parents returning to the physical workplace: exposure to Covid-19 infection and the impact of in-office work on their personal lives. Working parents are willing to work more hours, give up on vacation time, and even take up to a 10 percent pay cut just to continue working remotely.
Fifty-one percent state remote work increases productivity
Remote work allows parents to work in an environment that sets them up for success and makes them more productive. In addition to this, flexible working schedules help them manage their professional and childcare responsibilities with greater ease.
Ninety-eight percent say remote work saves them money
Working parents have saved significant money working from home. Twenty-one percent report saving around $10,000 per year. Meanwhile, 33 percent and 22 percent report saving $3,900 and $2,000 per year, respectively.
Sixty-six percent say remote work will improve gender equity
Female labor force participation in the US plummeted to its lowest in 33 years in 2021. What’s more, the pandemic resulted in $800 billion in lost income for women in 2020. But, working parents say they believe that allowing remote work will help improve gender equity.
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