Tech Industry Work-From-Home Policies Driving Urge to Leave

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.

One Response to “Tech Industry Work-From-Home Policies Driving Urge to Leave”

  1. Lex Barringer

    The real data I’m seeing here isn’t necessarily the, “Tech Companies and WFH/Hybrid Policy Satisfaction” issue. The companies with the most people that want to leave already have high turn over rates because of other factors, this is before COVID-19. However, once people become complacent with the fact they don’t have to dress up and go “into” work and do remote work. Yes, they’ll come up with excuses even when COVID-19 is no longer a factor.

    This is much to do with how business is organized and less human factors in the corporate setting are taken into account vs. a human factor centric company. Happy employees, means more productivity, more productivity means a better outcome for the company. Happy and content employees will strife to bend over backwards, so to speak, to help companies not just survive but thrive in the marketplace. Happy employees translate to customers being more satisfied, it’s not just their products and services they buy, they buy into the peace of mind, too.