Would You Consider Accepting a Job with Zero Remote Work Flexibility?
Consider this scenario.
You are ready for a job change and you get an offer from a great company with a great salary. The only catch is you will have to work in office 5 days a week with absolutely no work-from-home flexibility.
Do you take the job? Would you consider accepting a job offer in 2022 that has zero remote work flexibility?
In a recent MATRIX LinkedIn poll, the answer was pretty clear — an emphatic “no.” Specifically, of the 2,079 votes cast, 77% said “no”, while only 23% said” yes”.
Here are some of the verbatim reasons why:
“Remote work has an aspect of remuneration in the form of saved time/fuel. A two-parent family can pare down to one vehicle and save money on childcare at the same time. So, with [one partner] commuting and the [other partner] working from home, meals can be prepared, families can rejoin one another.”
“Working remotely has saved me about $500 a month. Far less fuel, almost zero eating out for lunch, no more Starbucks, far less maintenance on my truck, suspending insurance and parking one vehicle, etc. While I wouldn't say no to a non-remote job, I am certainly taking these costs into consideration as well as the 1-2 hours a day wasted on commuting. All things I never considered before.”
“So many of us have proven that our productivity did not suffer and being a PM in healthcare IT, I could never get all the engineers into a conference room anyway.”
“I voted yes but salary would have to be right. As mentioned already, it has been shown productivity can continue with remote work and it assists with personal finance as already listed. If the salary would not be worth it then, NO!”
Whether employers are ready or not, remote working is here to stay, at least for the next few years. The world has changed, and workers can now choose with the offer of remote jobs being much greater.
In a recent FlexJobs survey, 65% of respondents report wanting to be full-time remote employees post-pandemic, and 31% want a hybrid remote work environment—that’s 96% who desire some form of remote work.
Yet employers have been sluggish to respond to these trends. While companies have responded with numerous hybrid work options to date, less than 40% of the .NET developer jobs listed on the MATRIX job board offer fully remote work flexibility.
These percentages are echoed among other leading career sites. A search on Dice revealed that only 43% of .NET developer jobs offered remote as an option.
Companies that do not consider remote work for their employees, especially in IT, will be losing great talent in the months and years to come. That is a reality that many companies did not anticipate and have yet to see occur in large numbers.