81% of employers do not have a post-pandemic compensation strategy for remote workers

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September 15, 2021

Remote working, or some flexibility in the workplace, will be expected by the workforce when the pandemic ends – at least among office workers, according to a study released today by Payscale. But while 43% of workers expect remote working options to increase after the pandemic, only 50% of organizations say they will have a flexible or hybrid office after the pandemic.

Additionally, 81% of employers do not have a compensation strategy that encompasses teleworkers, although they are concerned about the impact.

In professions like technology and marketing, expectations for remote work options rise to more than 70%, according to research; still only 50% of organizations surveyed said they will have a flexible or hybrid office after the pandemic and less than half of organizations, 47%, asked their employees about their preferences.

Research has found that nearly a third of employers, 30%, are still undecided about their post-Covid compensation strategy. The data reflects several approaches to remote compensation, with employees working remotely not currently earning less overall compensation than non-remote employees. In addition, 69% of organizations do not plan to lower the salaries of employees who work remotely. However, that could change as location-based compensation strategies gain popularity, especially for large global organizations as well as technology companies, such as Google and Facebook.

People unable to telecommute also report higher rates of job search behavior.

“The past 18 months have shown us how productive and connected we can all be virtually, so it’s no surprise that workers continue to expect remote work or increased flexibility at the end of the shift. pandemic, ”said Scott Torrey, CEO of Payscale. “Forcing employees back to the office full time will undoubtedly result in staff turnover, but many organizations do not seem prepared for this reality. At the end of the day, it’s about people doing their best, regardless of location, and employers who actively listen and take action to improve the employment experience are the most likely to fail. go out.

PayScale’s Remote Working Report analyzed 538,438 online salary profiles collected from July 2019 to July 2021, as well as an employer field survey of 682 respondents.

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