The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that 4.3 million Americans, or 2.9% of the total workforce, left their jobs in August.
Some who still want to quit might change their mind if they can continue working remotely after the pandemic is over.
Dr Candace Flippin said many employees really enjoy working remotely.
“It gives people time to really reconnect with their families. It gives them time to reconnect with their day,” Flippin said. “So think of all the things you would typically want to do if you were working remotely – accessing certain deliveries or certain things that you needed to do at home, not having to deal with those 30 minutes or hours. really appreciated the flexibility of having this time back in their day. ”
Mark Malone of Robert Half Talent Solutions agreed. Malone said that while your employer has hinted that they would like everyone to be back in the office, you can still make a case for maintaining a fully remote or hybrid work role.
“Do you want a full remote or are you open to a hybrid scenario? Malone said. “And don’t just leave the generic hybrid scenario – it could mean one day a week or three or four days a week in the office.”
You will want to be prepared to explain the benefits of working from home to the business.
“Make sure your plan addresses some of the things we’ve talked about in terms of productivity. The hours they can expect you to be around, what your performance will look like,” Flippin said. “You want to present it in a way that your boss knows it’s good for that person and for the business.”
Malone said it was a great idea to offer to give it a try.
“Set up objective goals, where you can actually measure your productivity and efficiency,” said Malone.
“Maybe you are proposing to do it in the short term,” Flippin said. “You want to keep doing it for three or six months and then evaluate. “
What if your employer says no, are you ready to move on?
“At some point, someone will have to decide if they are ready to come back full time or if they will choose another opportunity that would allow a little more flexibility,” said Malone.
Ultimately, experts say it’s okay to stand up for what you need to be both a more productive employee at work and a better caregiver at home.