BUSINESS NEWS - UK – HALF OF WORKERS THREATEN TO QUIT IF THEY ARE NOT OFFERED FLEXIBLE WORKING (METRO)
Almost half, or 47%, of UK office workers are ready to walk away from their current job and look for new opportunities if flexibility is not provided by their employer, rising to 60% in workers aged 25-34, reports Metro, citing research from Velocity Smart Technology. At the same time 48% of businesses are insisting that their employees return to the workplace, at least on a part-time basis. This decision has not been well received, upsetting nearly a third of UK employees (32%), which rises to 44% of employees aged 25-34, making them 74% more likely to look for another job if they don’t get the flexibility they want.
Anthony Lamoureux, CEO of Velocity Smart Technology, said, “As the research confirms, employees don’t just expect flexible working, they are actively making career changes to better suit their commitments outside of work. These figures should raise alarm bells for businesses already scrambling to avoid the cost and disruption associated with staff turnover. Companies have experienced a huge spike in job moves in recent months, and almost 7 in every 10 UK employees (69%) say they feel confident to move to a new job in the next couple of months.”
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