57% of employees second-guessing careers during COVID-19 pandemic

“As businesses focus on the future and when hiring ramps up, workers may begin to explore their options. Continuing to be flexible and responsive to employees’ needs will be critical for retention,” McDonald said in the release.

More employees between ages 25 and 40 (68%) said they experienced a change of perspective during the pandemic than respondents ages 41 to 54 (45%) and 55 and older (40%), indicating that older employees would prefer not making a change in that point in their careers. 

Looking at gender, more women (65%) than men (56%) expressed interest in working for a company that appreciates its employees during chaotic, uncertain times. 

Almost an equal number of working parents (41%) and employees without children (39%) said they wanted to place a greater focus on personal versus professional activities, the report found.  

Employers hoping to keep employees might consider offering more flexible schedules that allowed for windowed work. Other research from Robert Half suggested that this type of schedule is considered a perk for employees, and the majority (73%) reported the arrangement leading to boosted productivity[6]

The enterprise has already been moving toward remote work and flexible schedules[7], but the pandemic has placed an even greater emphasis on the trends, as shown in the data.

“Whether it’s windowed work or alternative hours, people are happier and more productive if they have control over when—and where—they do their jobs,” McDonald added in a release[8]

“Providing employees with flexibility will be just as important when organizations prepare to reopen and transition back to the office as it has been since the start of the pandemic,” he said. 

For more, check out 15 most in-demand tech skills for upskilling or job searching during COVID-19[9] on TechRepublic.

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