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Over half of managers say employees avoiding RTO is a “major red flag”

Published Mar 1st, 2024 11:16AM EST
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By Amanda Kavanagh

A new survey of U.S.-based workers reveals that 56% of managers say it’s a “major red flag” when employees don’t want to come into the office.

The report from employee background screener Checkr brought a number of differences in opinion between managers and employees to light. Many will come as no surprise to those in the middle of return-to-office mandates.

Through surveying an equal number of employees and business leaders in management positions – 1,500 of each – misalignment on a number of issues emerged.

According to the survey results, 68% of managers want remote/hybrid work to continue, compared to 48% of employees. This is surprising and may be worded confusingly as remote and hybrid are listed as one, while employees may prefer for just ‘remote’ work to continue – without the hybrid.

Some of the biggest reasons cited for this managerial preference is increased productivity and engagement. Another is that 70% of managers prefer all employees to be in the office because they claim that supervising in person is easier.

However, in positive news, 78% of managers and 82% of employees agree that better balance and boundaries will be hugely important in 2024.

Interestingly, a similar number on both sides believed a significant percentage of the workforce would simply leave if forced to return to the office – 58% of managers and 47% of employees.

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