Employers do not imagine that many staff will give up

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Workers may dream of quitting their jobs as part of the post-pandemic “Great Resignation”, but employers don’t necessarily buy them, according to a survey by HR software company Tinypulse.

On average, according to the survey, HR and C-suite executives expect only 8% of their employees to quit once the Covid restrictions are completely lifted. A quarter believe that no one will give up. The company surveyed 770 companies worldwide May 10-24, with most of the responses coming from the United States

This is in stark contrast to other employee surveys. At the top, career website Monster found that 95% of workers are currently considering changing jobs. Regardless, Microsoft studies have found that 41% of the global workforce will leave their current employer this year.

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“If we trust all of this other survey data, it means hiring managers and C-suite executives will be surprised by the ‘Great Resignation,'” said Dr. Elora Voyles, psychologist and people scientist at Tinypulse.

“To what extent we don’t know yet.”

David Niu, Founder and CEO of Tinypulse, believes the reality will be between 8% and 41%.

This also happens at the same time employers are focused on hiring and remote onboarding, the survey found.

“You just have to be very aware that you may have a leaky bucket into which you will pour new talent and lose great talent,” warned Niu.

To make matters worse, it was difficult to find candidates for vacancies. Tinypulse found that 39% of hiring managers said it was harder to fill.

“There could be this kind of ‘great resignation’ and then it could be more difficult to fill those roles when these people leave,” said Voyles.

“That may not be the focus of HR and C-suite executives right now,” she added. “But it could become very relevant once these roles open up.”

Hybrid model “here to stay”

The reasons employees might want to quit are numerous, from not returning to the office after they get used to working remotely to realizing that the job isn’t what they want. Others may just be exhausted from pulling everything together during the pandemic.

Of course, employers are aware of employee burnout. Three out of four said their remote workers were exhausted, more than those who worked in the office and those who worked hybrid with some days in the office and others at home.

This is one of the reasons 64% of employers believe a hybrid model is the best approach to future work. They also reported that hybrid work optimizes performance and leads to better employee retention.

A separate study by research firm Global Workplace Analytics estimates that by the end of 2021, 25 to 30% of the US workforce will work from home several days a week.

“This hybrid model will stay,” said Niu. “Almost every large company will need a hybrid option to maintain and staff their teams.”

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