A recent survey reveals that in 2024, approximately 80% of companies in the US intend to monitor employees’ presence in the office.

A recent report indicates that in 2024, 80% of companies in the United States plan to monitor office attendance, with 9 out of 10 firms offering incentives to encourage employees to work on-site. The study also highlights potential consequences for workers who resist returning to the office.

The survey reveals that most companies intend to use various methods to track attendance, including badge swipes (62%), manual tracking (50%), Wi-Fi monitoring (50%), occupancy sensors (43%), and sensors placed under employees’ desks (38%).

Julia Toothacre, a resume and career coach at ResumeBuilder.com, expresses concern that extensive employee tracking may lead top talent to seek employment elsewhere, emphasizing the importance of valuing individuals for their contributions rather than micromanaging their time.

The survey, conducted in December 2023 with high-level managers from companies with a minimum of 11 employees, identifies increased productivity as the primary motivation for returning employees to the office. Incentives offered include happy hours (52%), catered meals (46%), and upgraded office spaces (41%), with some employers considering raises (40%) and childcare benefits (37%).

Toothache suggests that while catered meals are a positive step, employees would likely appreciate compensation for commuting, childcare, pet care, and clothing expenses.

Among surveyed companies, 63% believe returning to the office will enhance work culture, while 29% anticipate a reduction in burnout. However, Toothache believes employers might be out of touch with employees’ preferences, expressing skepticism unless internal surveys align with the reported findings.

One-third of companies state they will terminate non-compliant employees, while 53% would consider reducing salaries. Economist Selcuk Eren suggests that companies might view encouraging voluntary resignations as a way to prepare for a potential economic slowdown.

Interestingly, younger workers, specifically Gen Z (up to age 27), seem more open to returning to the office, with five out of six expressing a desire to spend at least three days in a physical workspace. Generation Lab, a data intelligence company specializing in studying young people, notes this generation’s willingness to connect with mentors and colleagues in person.

Despite these trends, most surveyed companies do not expect full-time in-office work. Ninety-one percent prefer employees in the office at least once a month, while 75% will mandate weekly office work. Toothache speculates that this is likely an initial strategy to ease employees back into the office, with the potential for increased on-site requirements in the coming years.

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