30% of workers would rather quit than return to office: Study

Young business entrepreneur woman working at home while having breakfast.
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By , KCBS Radio

Just as offices are reopening, studies show that 30% of workers would rather resign than return to the workplace.

In addition, the resignation rate this March was the highest for that month in 20 years, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"For a long time most of us have thought that the main path to well-being, the main path to a good life is the traditional nine-to-five job," Anthony Klotz, Associate Professor of Management at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, told KCBS Radio.

He said with all the time alone at home over the past year, people became enlightened to an alternative way of work.

"During the pandemic, we realized that these non-traditional ways of working, these non traditional ways of structuring our work and personal lives, can be a source of this great well-being that we don’t necessarily want to give up, now that the pandemic is hopefully easing," Klotz said.

This flood of resignations also means recruiting new workers who are asking a new set of questions.

"I think for the first time recruiters are going to always get the question from an employee: ‘Can I work remotely, can I work hybrid?’" Klotz said.

The answer to that may be changing from what we're used.

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