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Half of staff would leave job for access to hybrid working

Just under half of staff who currently do not have access to hybrid working report that they would leave their job for an opportunity to do so. New research carried out by Reed indicates that businesses could find staff resigning if they fail to give them their desired work model.

Nearly half of people (45 per cent) who are not currently hybrid working would consider changing jobs to be able to work on a hybrid basis.

Of those willing to leave, two-thirds (68 per cent) said that hybrid working would suit their lifestyle better, close to half (48 per cent) said they would prefer this work model while over two in five (44 per cent) believed hybrid working would make them more productive.

This comes as working patterns have shifted substantially due to the impact of the pandemic. Specifically, three-quarters of office workers have been offered more flexibility – with 29 per cent working on a hybrid basis, 37 per cent working remotely and over a third (34 per cent) in the office as companies begin to look at the future of work more permanently.

The majority of workers who do undertake hybrid working were likely to report a better work-life balance (60 per cent) and improved productivity (31 per cent).

Ian Nicholas, Global Managing Director at Reed, said:

Hybrid working is the work revolution that seems to be here to stay, as office-based organisations adjust to what is becoming the norm.

Additionally, businesses not offering hybrid working are set to lose out on talent as office workers are prepared to leave to find a role that offers more flexibility. Recent data from Reed found a 79 per cent increase in job vacancies with some form of dynamic working arrangements compared to the start of the pandemic.

With employers facing a candidate-driven market and job vacancies reaching an all-time high in the UK, hybrid working is a vital tool for businesses to attract and retain new talent.

However, it also offers them other benefits, as employees report they have a better work-life balance and are more productive at work.

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