Recently, government agencies have started to pull back on their telework arrangements. As a result, one agency found no increase in productivity. But sick leave and vacation requests increased, and two-thirds of employees considered quitting. Today’s workforce has embraced jobs they can do remotely. What was once seen as a special privilege is now an expectation. For companies to attract and retain talent, they too will need to find ways to accommodate this shift.
Gallup reports that its data show there are many benefits to employers for accommodating this emerging workforce’s preference.
For example, they found that working remotely increases engagement and drives performance. While that may sound counterintuitive, job flexibility increases engagement. More engaged employees are more enthusiastic, energetic and positive. They feel better about their work and workplace and have better physical health.