- Almost half of UK and US workers say the lack of time with employers has stalled their career progression.
- A study commissioned by Beamery found that more than half of them were planning to quit their jobs.
- Remote working means poorer mental health and more frustration for some, said Beamery CEO Abakar Saidov.
Some 48% of workers in the US and UK say the lack of time with employers during the pandemic has stalled their career progression, according to new data from the talent platform Beamery.
The Beamery Talent Index collected opinions between August and September from 5,000 workers in the UK and US.
While remote working during the pandemic was widely popular with white collar workers, they also perceived it was having a detrimental effect on their outlook.
This frustration is fueling the Great Resignation, with 53% of workers considering quitting in the next 12 months, Beamery found. Millions of workers in the US and UK have quit their jobs in both blue-collar and white-collar jobs, with employers struggling to fill an increasing number of positions.
Remote working has also disrupted workers’ plans for their future and altered their priorities during the pandemic. Almost two-thirds of workers said their own career goals had changed.
Despite its popularity, remote working has its drawbacks, including an illusion of flexibility, according to Beamery CEO Abaker Saidov.
“There’s this kind of illusion of, ‘Oh, you don’t commute, so you save more time in the day,’ but because you have so many meetings, people on average work more hours in the day. during the day and have more meetings during the day than before, ”he told Insider.
The data supports Saidov. U.S. productivity rose 3% during the pandemic, especially in remote jobs, according to Goldman Sachs analysis. Separate data indicates that workers feel more exhausted, implying that they are working longer hours.
“What hides under the guise of flexibility are actually higher stress levels, higher mental health issues, higher frustration and lower career progression,” Saidov added.
Workers also have higher demands on the office when they return, with 26% wanting better training and career guidance, and around a quarter seeing mental health support as a top priority.
Although older millennials and Gen X youth are leading the broader quit trend, Beamery found that Gen Z felt the problems of remote working the most strongly, with 66% saying remote working had hindered their development.
Saidov said employers need to understand that there shouldn’t be a “one-size-fits-all” workplace format because “every situation is individual”.
“We have known for a long time that in education people learn differently,” he said. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all model, so modern education systems create lesson plans and education plans that adapt to different ways of learning.
“Likewise, employers offering opportunities for different ways of working must be similar. Some people work best in different formats, different hours, and different styles.”