Would Great Tech Or Rewards Entice You Back To The Office?

By Kirstie McDermott
16 November 2023 | 15 Shares

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Would it surprise you to discover that an overwhelming majority (89%) of the American workforce has voted in favor of a four-day working week, remote work or hybrid work?

That’s according to a recent Bankrate study, which also found that workers will vote with their feet to get what they want. In fact, 51% say they would switch jobs or industries in order to get that four-day week, hybrid flexibility or full remote.

In the face of this clear employee demand, many companies are continuing with return to office mandates regardless. This muscle-flexing may be a response to a hiring environment during the pandemic period which saw American workers hold more power than before.

Now, the tables are turning again. Major technology companies, including Google, Amazon, Meta, and Apple, are requiring employees to be in the office at least three days a week. And of course, at X (formerly Twitter), Elon Musk has adopted an office-only policy for employees.

For tech workers in particular, it can be hard to provide a convincing argument as to why they need to be back in the office. A McKinsey study has identified that 74% prefer to work remotely, across both men and women.

Entice workers back to the office

As a result, many companies are now thinking hard about what they need to do to entice employees back. A KPMG study of 400 U.S. CEOs found that 90% will reward office-based employees with favorable assignments, as well as raises and promotions.

More money is good, but rewarding work with more work isn’t perhaps quite the carrot leaders think it is, so other companies are responding by providing better tech tools, or improving the office environment to make it nicer to be in.

This can be in the form of creating a “cell-office” over open plan, with offices that have doors. Or, adding greenery is another popular move. Google’s St. John’s terminal in New York is a “biophilic office community”, and Amazon’s new HQ2 in Virginia plans to include trees, outdoor hiking trails, and a dog walking park.

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But these are all nice-to-haves, and not necessarily compelling reasons for workers to give into a commute once more. When it comes to tangible benefits that American workers want, it is benefits and support for things such as child- and elder-care that people really value.

Language benefits too, are rising in popularity according to a survey from Preply, which found that 88% of U.S. workers said that foreign languages have benefitted their career development, and another 76% saying that learning a foreign language is important for their career prospects.

Leaders, take note. So, if you are looking for a new role with better benefits and ways of working, then make the Tech HQ Job Board your first stop. It contains thousands of roles, like the three below.

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