Employees who worked at home during the pandemic shutdowns seem loath to come back to the office. At the same time, companies want people to come back. The Pew Research Foundation found that 61 percent of the people working from home were doing so by choice–not because there wasn’t an office to go to.
On the other hand, Microsoft found that 50 percent of companies want their employees to return to the office full-time. There’s a clear clash between what people want and what senior leadership wants.
At least one government is listening.
On July 5, 2022, the Dutch parliament voted to require companies to “carefully consider” any request for remote work. If the boss denies it, the company will have to explain why under the proposed legislation, which is poised to become law after the Senate approves it.