This week, some employees explain why they would rather quit their jobs than give up working from home; Plus, the German Parliament clears the way for female quotas on some company boards; software giant SAP adopts flexible working hours by popular demand; the OECD warns of an uneven economic recovery; what future employees want most – and how companies can meet their needs to attract and retain top talent. Read this week’s trends from the world of work.

#1. Employees would rather quit their jobs than give up working from home.

“I had just had it.” The final straw for Portia Twidt came when she received a request for an in-person meeting. As the world of work transitions into a post-pandemic future, employers looking to entice employees back the office are facing resistance from those who have embraced remote work as their new norm, according to Bloomberg News. Instead of falling into line, though, many employees are doing what Twidt did: they hand in their resignation. “They feel like we’re not working if they can’t see us,” she said. “It’s a boomer power-play.” Read more here .

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#2. German Parliament clears the way for women quotas on some company boards.

New legislation in Germany aims to promote gender equality on management boards, according to Reuters. The law would affect around 70 companies, forcing larger listed firms to include at least one women on their boards. In addition, companies will be required to report on how they will meet the quota; if they fail to reach the target, they risk a fine. "Highly qualified women still come up against glass ceilings far too often," Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said. "There are still pure men's clubs on the boards of directors who like to keep to themselves. This will come to an end in the future." Read more here.

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#3. Software giant SAP adopts flexible working hours, by popular demand.

Software company SAP is adopting a new flexible working policy for its more than 100,000 employees around the world, according to Reuters. The German company received overwhelming positive feedback on its working policy during the pandemic, with 94% of employees voting to keep greater flexibility moving forward. More than half said they planned to work in the office for one or two days a week. In addition, the company plans to redesign the office space to make more room for teamwork and collaboration. Read more here.

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#4. OECD sees stronger but uneven global economic recovery.

While the OECD said it’s more optimistic about global economic growth in general, it warned of an “uneven” recovery. The Paris-based organization expects global growth to reach 5.8% this year, up from 4.2% projected in December, in part thanks to government spending packages and global vaccination programs. Some countries, however, will bounce back much faster than others. China’s economic recovery might take a year or less, while the U.S. is likely to take closer to two years. Europe, on the other hand, may need three years for a full recovery to levels seen before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, according to the OECD. Read more here.

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#5.  What your future employees want most.

The pandemic has forever changed the way employees view and approach their work. One thing remains true – maybe more than ever: businesses looking to attract and retain top talent will need to continue to listen to what the workforce wants. That means embracing flexible working models and allowing greater flexibility for employees in their respective roles. The future workforce wants to determine when and where they work, they want to be measured on the value they deliver, and they want to be given space to do their best work. Read more here.

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