Just over 6% of workers say they would quit their jobs if told to go back to the office 5 days a week

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Many workers say they’d quit, but the majority say they’d comply.

  • 6.4% of US workers said they would leave their jobs without a backup if they were asked to return to the office 5 days a week.
  • The Survey of Working Arrangements and Attitudes collects monthly data on remote work.
  • Half would return without complaint, while 35% said they would return to work, but look elsewhere.
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Some 6.4% of US workers say they would quit their jobs on the spot, regardless of whether they had a backup, if their employer asked them to go back to the office for five days a week, according to survey data gathered for June 2021.

The Survey of Working Arrangements and Attitudes asked employees how they would respond if their employer announced to all workers that they must return to the office from August 1st 2021.

The majority would be happy to comply, with 57.8% of respondents saying they would return to their desks.

However, while they wouldn’t quit outright, 35.8% said they would return but will look for a job that offers working from home.

Other findings from the survey suggest that Monday and Friday are the most popular days to work from home if employees had to choose two, being chosen by 54.1% and 56.6% of respondents respectively.

Managers should be aware of the consequences of not listening to their colleagues

The survey was founded in May 2020 in order to track attitudes and patterns of remote work during the pandemic.

It is jointly run by academics from the University of Chicago, ITAM, and Stanford University and collects monthly surveys of between 2,000 to 5,000 US respondents.

It doesn’t however ask for identifying details, making it harder to draw more specific conclusions other than general sentiment.

Conversations about hybrid work are not straightforward and depend on the needs of the employee and the business, Nick Bloom, professor of economics at Stanford and one of the academics behind the survey, told Insider.

Nevertheless, he said managers should be aware of the potential consequences of asking colleagues to come back to the office.

“The labor market is red hot, plenty of firms are offering people work-from-home packages. So if I’m an employee, this is not an empty threat,” said Bloom.

Other surveys suggest that workers are reassessing their career plans following the pandemic.

In May, 3.6 million US workers left their jobs according to latest figures from the Bureau of Labour Statistics, down slightly from a two-decade-high record in April.

There are many factors behind what experts are deeming the ‘great resignation’.

In March 2021, 72% of respondents told Prudential they were reassessing their skillset as a result of the pandemic. A report gathered by the UK insurance firm Aviva suggests that some care less about their career following a year of long hours and burnout – 47% said they were less career-focused, according to the BBC.

With the labor market as it is at present, companies are balancing recruitment against retention, said Bloom. “It’s a direct choice: do you pay higher wages, or do you give better work-life balance and better work perks?”

As the US economy experiences soaring vacancies following the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are turning to more generous and creative means as a way to retain and recruit new staff.

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Biden White House has majority-female staff, narrowed gender pay gap to 1%

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President Joe Biden.

  • President Biden has a majority-female senior staff, according to recently-released figures.
  • Roughly 60 percent of Biden appointees at the White House are women.
  • The president has long been a champion of pay equity, calling it “a moral imperative.”
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President Joe Biden has significantly closed the White House gender pay gap and hired a majority of women within its senior staff ranks, according to the White House.

The Biden administration released the analysis on Thursday, in an annual report required by Congress detailing the name and salary of every White House employee.

In a fact sheet, the White House indicated that women make up roughly 60 percent of appointees and 56 percent of senior staff, with individuals from racially or ethnically diverse backgrounds making up 44 percent of appointees and 36 percent of senior staff.

The gender pay gap has been reduced to 1 percent, with men making $94,639 on average and women earning an average salary of $93,752.

High-profile staffers including White House chief of staff Ron Klain, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, domestic policy advisor Susan Rice, and senior advisor Cedric Richmond all make $180,000 per year.

One of the highest-paid appointees is Molly Groom, the policy advisor for immigration, who earns $185,656.

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Biden has long championed pay equity, calling it “a moral imperative.”

“In alignment with the president’s commitment to diversity and pay equity, the White House has taken significant steps to ensure the White House staff reflects the diversity of the country and the highest standards of economic and social justice for all,” the White House said in the fact sheet.

Women make up 50.8 percent of the US population, according to 2019 Census figures, and they comprise of 47 percent of the labor force, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Last year, Biden tapped then-Sen. Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate in the 2020 presidential election, calling himself a “bridge” candidate to a new generation of Democratic Party leaders.

Biden has also committed to nominating the first Black female judge to the US Supreme Court if a vacancy arises during his presidency.

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