Are technologists serious about leaving a company that doesn’t give them the right kind of hybrid- and remote-work options?
Blind, which anonymously surveys technologists about a range of issues, recently posed that question to 5,680 U.S.-based tech employees. Overall, some 51 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with their companies’ latest work-from-home policies, while 36 percent said those policies made them want to leave.
“When employees are not satisfied with the new WFH/Hybrid policy, 66 percent said they want to leave their companies compared with only 6 percent of employees satisfied with the new policy,” read Blind’s note accompanying the data. “The companies that allow employees to either fully work from home or apply to do so are likely to retain most of their employees. In contrast, the companies that mandate employees to return to the office will risk losing their employees.”
Here’s a breakdown of how WFH/hybrid policies at some of tech’s most prominent companies impact employee satisfaction:
And here’s a broader tech-industry view. At a glance, there’s a definite correlation between policy satisfaction and technologists wanting to head for the doors with all due haste. For example, some 90 percent of respondents who worked at Atlassian said they were satisfied with their company’s policy, and zero percent wanted to leave. Contrast that with Broadcom, where a mere 12 percent were satisfied with the policy—and 71 percent wanted to leave.
If you’ve been following the debate around hybrid and remote work (particularly within tech), these results shouldn’t come as a surprise. According to a recent poll by Morning Consult on behalf of Bloomberg News, for example, some 39 percent of U.S. adults said they would potentially quit their jobs if their employer didn’t offer some flexibility around remote work. In Dice’s 2021 Technologist Sentiment Report, some 85 percent of technologists found the prospect of hybrid work anywhere from somewhat to extremely desirable, including 94 percent of younger technologists (i.e., those between 18 and 34 years old).
In other words, companies need to pay close attention to their employees when it comes to remote and hybrid work, or they risk losing out on talent.