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A new study conducted by Gartner found that high-performing employees, millennials, and women are more likely to leave a company that enforces strict return-to-office policies. The study surveyed 2,080 employees and found that there was an 8% drop in intent to stay among all employees surveyed. The biggest drop in intent to stay was among high-performing employees, with a decrease of 16%.
"High-performing employees are more easily able to pursue opportunities at organizations that offer hybrid or fully remote policies," said Caitlin Duffy, director in the Gartner HR practice.
Gartner described a high-performing employee as someone who had progressed faster in their career compared to their peers. The study suggested that these employees feel a strict return-to-office policy translates to a lack of trust in their ability to do their job. Additionally, high-performing employees may have an easier time finding another job that offers flexibility in their work arrangements.
The reason these employees were less likely to stay, the study said, was because they feel a strict policy translates to distrust to do their job. The study also points out that these employees also may have an easier time finding another job - one that gives them the flexibility to work from home.
Flexibility was found to be a key factor for other groups of employees as well, particularly women and millennials. The intent to stay dropped to 11% among women and 10% among millennials when companies enforced strict return-to-office policies. Women also reported experiencing fewer microaggressions and biases when working from home.
Flexibility was key for other groups of employees as well, particularly women and millennials, whose intent to stay dropped to 11% and 10%, respectively, when companies adhered to a strict return-to-office policy.
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