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As many as 37% of UK workers feel that there has been a significant power shift from employers to employees since the pandemic.

Benenden Health’s ‘Workforce of the Future’ report revealed that there is more pressure on firms to carefully consider what they are able to offer workers due to issues such as the ‘Great Resignation’ and debates over return to workplace policies.

Of the 2,000 workers surveyed, 46% said they believe that the pandemic has changed their relationship with their employer – this figure rises to 70% for those under the age of 25.

Naomi Thompson, Head of OD at Benenden Health, commented on the findings, “The Great Resignation and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on traditional working structures will be historic, and our research shows a hugely significant shift in the power balance between employers and employees and with the average worker telling us that they plan on leaving their current job in the next five years, businesses are now facing a crucial crossroads.”

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Thompson added, “Whilst employees have increasingly open minds with regards to where they work and what their role consists of, employers still need to take action to be an attractive proposition to the talent pool.

“The world of work has undoubtedly changed for good and it has never been more important for businesses to consult with their employees and ensure that they are providing the necessary tools and support to create a healthy workplace where people want to be in an increasingly competitive job market.”

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