The survey captured the thoughts of more than 2,400 US workers
According to The Conference Board, 42% of workers are worried about returning to the workplace for fear of contracting COVID-19. This marks a substantial jump from June 2021 when only 24% had that concern.
Meanwhile, the survey findings reveal that over one-third of workers may leave their jobs within the next 6 months. Only 7% are sure of their plans to leave within that time frame.
The driving factor is a desire for flexible work arrangements. Indeed, 80% cite work arrangements as very important or important in their decision to leave their current job. Survey respondents rank a flexible work location as the most desired aspect of a new job, prioritizing it slightly over better pay and career advancement, the two traditional drivers of job changes.
As Delta surges, 4 in 10 workers fear COVID-19 exposure.
When it comes to returning to the workplace, women are more concerned than men about COVID exposure, job security, and mental health:
Contracting COVID-19 personally:
- Women: 48%
- Men: 37%
Exposing family members:
- Women: 46%
- Men: 40%
Pressure to return to the workplace to keep their jobs:
- Women: 25%
- Men: 15%
We’ve reported that two-thirds of businesses feel ‘let down’ by their banking provider amid coronacrisis.