Workers want flexibility, and are willing to walk if they don’t get it

Good morning.

As the return to the office gains momentum, the Future Forum, started by Slack to provide insights on the future of work, has new data out today based on a survey of 10,000 knowledge workers. Brian Elliott, who heads the forum, previewed the research yesterday. The overriding theme: workers want flexibility and are willing to walk if they don’t get it. Some of the findings

—76% of those surveyed want flexibility on where they work.
—93% want flexibility on when they work.
—56% are open to new job opportunities that may provide them more flexibility.
—21% are likely to jump ship in order to get that flexibility.
—Flexibility is second only to compensation in the factors leading people to change jobs.
—Black, Hispanic and Asian-American workers are more desirous of flexibility, and far more open to changing jobs to achieve it.

Separately, Fortune Brainstorm Tech, normally held in Aspen each summer, is demonstrating its own flexibility on the where and the when by moving this year to the Ritz-Carlton, Half-Moon Bay, California, Nov. 30—Dec.1. Guest co-chairs for the event will be Qualtrics Founder Ryan Smith and GV Partner Terri Burns. CEOs on hand will include Hans Vestberg of Verizon, Pat Gelsinger of Intel, Kevin Mandia of FireEye, Tekedra Mawakana of Waymo, Adi Tatarko of Houzz, Dave Baszucki of Roblox, and Anousheh Ansari of the X Prize Foundation. More information here.

And your must-read this morning is Rey Mashayekhi’s deep dive into why the Department of Justice effectively shut down Visa’s acquisition of buzzy fintech unicorn Plaid—and what Plaid plans to do next.

Alan Murray


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This edition of CEO Daily was edited by David Meyer.

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