About one in eight office workers have quit or will quit their job as a result of the pandemic, and remote working is one of the key reasons to quit smoking, new research shows.
Their research found that 12% of office workers, about two million employees, plan to quit or will quit, with many blaming their employers’ attitude toward remote work.
About a fifth say they want more flexibility about combining remote work with being in the office, which their employer wouldn’t offer, while 12% say they want to continue working remotely and their employer doesn’t allow it.
The pandemic has also meant people re-evaluating their lives: 27% say they have quit because they want to change careers, while 15% of those who quit have moved home during the pandemic and say their previous job is now over. too far to travel.
DSA Connect, which specializes in the permanent disposal and destruction of electronic data, warns that employers will face problems with recycling or disposing of IT equipment used outside of the office by staff who have resigned.
Their research shows that 54% of those who have quit have returned laptops, while 41% have returned mobile phones and 22% have returned desktop computers.
The equipment is likely to contain personal data alongside company data, and DSA Connect says employers must dispose of the equipment safely or risk potential fines and reputational damage.
Harry Benham, president of DSA Connect, who commissioned the investigation, said: “Many employees are reasonably reasonably reassessing their lives and careers as a result of the coronavirus crisis and part of that is changing jobs.