While nearly three-quarters (71 per cent) of global employees say they want a hybrid or remote working arrangement, just 43 per cent say they’re able to work in the location of their choice, according to a new survey by software company Ivanti.

The survey, which polled more than 8,400 employees, found workers would be willing to take, on average, an 8.9 per cent pay cut to be able to work remotely, up from five per cent in 2022.

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Two-thirds (66 per cent) of employees said they haven’t experienced any negative impacts from working in a hybrid or remote arrangement, up from 15 per cent in 2022, while just two per cent said they’ve been passed over for a promotion due to hybrid or remote work, down from nine per cent last year.

The survey also noted hybrid and remote working arrangements may improve work-life balance and alleviate burnout. Indeed, a third of workers aged 40 and younger admitted to ‘quiet quitting,’ while a quarter said they’re considering leaving their current job in the next six months. Among this latter group, the main reasons cited were burnout due to workload and negative impacts to mental health (35 per cent each), followed by better pay (33 per cent).

“When it comes to how and where employees work, leaders who do not embrace and enable flexibility where they can also risk not reaping the benefits of a more engaged, more productive workforce,” said Jeff Abbott, chief executive officer at Ivanti, in a press release. “There has been a seismic shift in how and where employees expect to get work done and it’s imperative for leaders to break down culture and tech barriers to enable it.”

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