YOU DON’T SAY: Workers are unhappy to be back in the office, and now they’re getting ready to quit.

More workers are reluctantly returning to the office, but those who are not given any flexibility about where and when they work are the most likely to be planning to resign.

More than a third of knowledge workers (34%) are now working from the office five days a week, but employee sentiment has dropped to near-record lows, including worse scores on work-related stress, anxiety and work-life balance, according to new research. And managers are more likely to be working remotely, further fuelling resentment among those who are forced back into the office.

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Employers are likely to pay a price for this discontent: staff unhappy with levels of flexibility around where and when they work are now three times as likely to look for a new job in the coming year, according to the Future Forum Pulse survey. This study canvassed 10,000 knowledge workers in the US, Australia, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, and was commissioned by software company Slack.


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