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Most managers in the US would fire employees, cut pay or take other harsh action if they refuse to return to the office full-time this year, survey finds


Hybrid working has become popular with employees.Aleutie/Getty Images

  • A survey showed that 77% of managers would take action if workers refused to return to the office.

  • They were asked by GoodHire about their thoughts and feelings about working remotely.

  • 10% of employed Americans were working remotely in March, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to a survey, the majority of managers in the United States would lay off employees or take pay cuts if they refuse to return to the office full-time this year.

GoodHire, a company that checks employment backgrounds, surveyed 3,500 U.S. managers about their thoughts and feelings about remote work, back-to-office tenures and their preferred work model.

Of those surveyed, 77% said they would be willing to take action against employees who request to work entirely remotely. These actions included layoffs, pay cuts, loss of promotion opportunities, loss of benefits, and loss of paid vacation.

However, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shared data on April 1 showing that only 10% of employed Americans were working remotely in March. While Workhuman, which provides cloud-based human capital management software solutions, surveyed 1,000 full-time American workers and found that 51% of workers already had to return to the office full-time.

GoodHire did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, which was made outside of normal working hours.

The survey conducted by GoodHire shows that 60% of all managers agreed that incentives would be a good way to get people excited about a full-time return to the office. They said they would pay more for work in the office or include extra office perks, including snacks, lunches, parties and happy hours.

Meanwhile, only 10% would consider offering childcare options in the office.

Insider’s Fortesa Latifi reported in March how some employees who were told to leave remote work behind and return to the office began to push back.

While most managers took a tough stance on workers demanding remote work, more than half said they would cut their pay, 29% said no, and 10% said they weren’t. not sure, depending on the results.

The survey also showed that 51% of managers think employees want to return to the office full-time, while 49% were unsure and don’t think employees want to return.

Managers shared that their main concerns with not having full-time employees in the office were a lack of focus, due to personal commitments, difficulties in creating a company culture and maintaining the employee engagement in remote environments, and concerns about overall productivity.

But productivity or engagement doesn’t seem to be an issue, as 73% of managers said both improved or stayed the same with remote work, compared to working in the office. While 68% of managers said a fully remote operation would increase their profit or the bottom line would stay the same.

As Insider reported, throughout the pandemic, office workers have found many benefits of remote working, which they don’t want to give up — whether it’s commuting or a greater influence on schedules.

Since the start of the pandemic, only 5.5% of companies have reduced their office space, while 3.6% have increased in size, according to data on private sector companies from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. published in February.

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