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47% of German employees demand remote work or they would quit 

In the evolving landscape of post-pandemic work culture, the word from employees is resoundingly clear: provide work-from-home flexibility or risk losing valuable talent. According to a recent survey performed by Continental, a staggering 47% of German employees would consider quitting if their ability to work remotely is eliminated or severely reduced. This statistic underscores the importance of flexible work models in today’s job market, where the benefits of remote work, such as saved commuting time and better work-life balance, are highly valued by employees.

The demand for flexibility

The Continental survey highlights a critical shift in employee expectations, particularly in Germany. Nearly half of the office workforce is signaling a willingness to leave their current jobs if remote work options are not maintained. This sentiment is not isolated to Germany. Findings from Randstad Malaysia’s Workmonitor survey indicate that 39% of respondents would consider quitting if forced to spend more time in a traditional office setting.

The preference for hybrid work models

There is a strong desire for flexibility, and the poll also showed that people like hybrid work models. Most of the people who answered still think that working together in person is valuable, which suggests that a balanced approach that includes both online and in-office work is best. “This shows a fundamental shift in employee expectations,” says Dr. Ariane Reinhart, a member of Continental’s Executive Board for Human Relations and Sustainability. To draw and keep good employees, you need to be able to meet their need for flexibility.

Global perspective on flexibility

The trend of increasing demand for work flexibility extends beyond Germany. The Randstad Malaysia survey also found that 52% of Malaysians feel their employers now expect a greater in-office presence compared to six months ago. This expectation gap is wider than the global average, suggesting a significant push by employers to return to pre-pandemic work arrangements.

The challenge for employers

Now it’s up to companies to find the best mix between giving workers the flexibility they need and making the workplace a good place to work together. In today’s changing job market, employers who use hybrid models and policies that can be changed will likely have a big edge. To get and keep top talent, you need to be able to adapt to these changing standards.


The polls by Continental and Randstad Malaysia show that people around the world are becoming more and more demanding of freedom at work. It’s clear that flexibility is no longer a perk; it’s a necessity, as nearly half of German office workers and a large portion of Malaysian workers say they are ready to quit because of rigid work schedules. Employers need to be aware of this change and make changes to their policies to meet the changing needs of their workers. This will help them stay competitive in a job market that is changing quickly.