4. The post-pandemic career shake-up
Axios' Kim Hart writes: Millions of workers are planning to jump to new jobs or new lines of work after the pandemic eases up.
Why it matters: High-skilled workers with plenty of opportunities are the hardest to replace. This massive reshuffling also will create major headaches for employers, and will likely expand the gaps between men and women in the workplace.
By the numbers: A quarter (26%) of workers plan to look for a job at a different company once the pandemic threat has subsided, according to Prudential's latest Pulse of the American Worker Survey, conducted by Morning Consult in March.
- That number is even higher (34%) for millennials, the largest generation in the workforce today.
- Of those planning to leave their current job, 80% are concerned about career growth, and nearly 75% say the pandemic made them rethink their skill sets.
"If there's one thing that keeps me up at night, it's the talent flight risk," said Prudential vice chair Rob Falzon.
- Now that the pandemic's economic threat is easing up, business leaders "need to get back to looking more intently at our talent and ensuring we are giving them opportunities even in a remote environment, or we're going to lose them," Falzon said.
- High-performing workers are the most concerned about career advancement in their current jobs, and they no longer feel geographically tied to local employers in a remote world.
The big picture: Most workers say they want to work remotely at least part of the time even after offices reopen, multiple surveys suggest. Despite the benefits, "hybrid" environments also create new workplace tensions.
- Nearly half of remote workers say they'd be nervous about job security if they stayed remote while colleagues returned to the office, per Prudential's survey.
Between the lines: Worker burnout will also contribute to the "talent flight," as workers put in more hours remotely, take less time off, juggle child care duties and deal with general pandemic stress.
- Nearly half of employees surveyed by Prudential said they feel disconnected from their companies after a year of working remotely, partly because they are missing the benefits of interacting with people outside their teams and getting "face time" with higher-ups in the office. This "culture decay" can lead people to be more likely to hop to a new employer.
Reality check: The new work dynamics may have profound consequences for women, who at least initially are less likely to return full time to the worksite.
- This may worsen the gender pay gap if managers perceive on-site workers to be higher performers, Axios' Erica Pandey has reported.