Most managers willing to fire remote workers and cut wages: poll

It’s time to get back to the office – or else.

According to a new poll, three in five managers say they are willing to lay off employees or cut salaries if they refuse to return to the office as the pandemic subsides.

When asked what they would do if employees refused to return to the office in 2022, 77% said there would be “serious consequences” such as layoffs, pay cuts, demotions and the loss of benefits.

A majority of managers thought pay cuts were the most likely consequence for workers choosing to stay away.

Some 3,500 managers took part in a GoodHire survey which found that most of them are tired of their employees doing their jobs remotely.

Three of four managers said they preferred some form of in-person work, while 78% said they had had employees in the office at some point during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When asked if they thought employees wanted to return to the office full-time, 51% said yes, while 49% of managers said they weren’t sure.

Most managers said they would be prepared to fire employees or take pay cuts if they refused to return to the office.
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More than half – 60% – predicted that at some point in the future workers would return to the office full-time.

Meanwhile, just over one in four office managers told GoodHire that remote working “worse” employee productivity and engagement, while 73% said it had improved. or remained stable. Only 23% of managers disagree that hiring from more locations due to remote offers would allow them to attract better talent.

Nearly seven in 10 managers — 68% — said they had changed their hiring processes to reflect workers’ preference for hybrid or remote arrangements.

Remote work has become a must during the coronavirus pandemic.
Remote work has become a must during the coronavirus pandemic.
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When asked if they agreed with companies imposing a full-time return-to-work policy, 60% of managers agreed, 24% disagreed, and 16% disagreed. weren’t sure.

“Obviously managers are struggling,” Max Wesman, COO of GoodHire, told Fortune.

“Organizations that find a working arrangement that satisfies the majority of their workforce will benefit in the areas of recruitment, productivity, employee satisfaction and retention.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has called on companies to massively bring their employees back to the office. He said pedestrian traffic in the city was essential to reviving the local economy.

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