Almost half of UK workers would quit if their employer didn’t offer flexible working hours

New research has found that almost half of UK office workers (47%) are willing to leave their current job and seek new opportunities if their employer does not offer flexibility, rising to 60% for workers aged 25-34 increases.

It is therefore surprising that almost half of UK companies (48%) insist that their employees return to work at least part-time. This decision was not well received – it angers almost a third of UK workers (32%), rising to 44% of workers aged 25-34, making them 74% more likely to look for another job if they none get flexibility they want.

People are happier with this flexible type of work, with a third (34%) insisting their mental health has improved since being able to work more flexibly.

These findings are part of an independent research report entitled “Behaviour Changes in a Flexible Workforce in 2022 and Beyond” commissioned by smart locker provider Velocity Smart Technology. The study examined how offices will change in 2022 and how business leaders can support more diverse and asynchronous work practices to keep up with the competition and retain employees.

Anthony Lamoureux, CEO of Velocity Smart Technology, said: “As the study confirms, employees not only expect flexible working, they are actively making career changes to better meet their commitments outside of work. Whether flexible working hours, locations or a mixture of both. Employees who are not offered the opportunity for flexible, remote or asynchronous work go – straight to another job.”

These figures should set off alarm bells for companies already making efforts to avoid the costs and disruption associated with staff turnover. Businesses have seen a huge surge in job rotation in recent months and nearly 7 in 10 UK workers (69%) say they are confident of moving to a new job in the next few months.

Lamoureux continues: “Employees have rediscovered the joy of taking time out during the workday to be outside, from walking the lockdown dog to managing side jobs, a significant number of people are now realizing the folly of the old Nine -to Five. It must now become an integral part of recruitment and retention strategies for companies to adopt flexible work arrangements – or they may be left without an office to staff.” Almost half of UK workers would quit if their employer didn’t offer flexible working hours

Fry Electronics Team

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