6 in 10 Americans Would Quit Current Job for Remote Position

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Work-life balance is increasingly important for today’s post-pandemic workforce.

Going into the office is a deal-breaker for a growing number of Americans adjusting to post-pandemic life.

According to a survey released this week by Missouri-based automation firm Zapier, 61% of Americans would quit their current job for a fully remote opportunity, and 32% say they have already left a position because they did not have the option to work remotely.

The survey, which polled 600 employees at small- and medium-sized businesses, found 9 in 10 respondents believe remote work and flexible hours contribute to employment happiness. More than 6 in 10 respondents also reported that remote work has improved their happiness outside the office, with 61% reporting more savings, 62% reporting improved morale and 66% reporting more family life flexibility.  

The survey comes as a growing number of private sector firms and public sector agencies are bringing employees back to the office. The survey suggests managers should consider some form of remote work policies in their workforce strategies, with 96% of those surveyed stating work-life balance contributes to their happiness at work. The desire for remote work opportunities is particularly strong among the youngest employees. All of the respondents surveyed under the age of 25 said they would quit their current job for remote work, while only 50% of those 54 and older said the same.