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The novelty of remote work is fading for job seekers as a new mentality takes over

For the past two-plus years, employees have been lured into remote work like a moth. But as the dust settles, the novelty of wearing pajamas all day has worn off for some job seekers.

According to the latest Flexa Career jobs directory, fewer workers are looking for fully remote jobs and fewer companies are offering them. analysis more than 43,000 job searches and more than 1,200 job offers on the site.

He revealed that 60% of searches for job candidates in August were for “fully remote” positions. In September, this figure fell to 44%. In the same time frame, the percentage of advertised fully remote jobs fell from 9.27% ​​to 4.88%.

Instead, more and more workers are looking for remote first positions – hybrid roles that leave room for work in the office. The number of remote first job searches increased from nearly 27% to 46% from August to September.

“Remote-first is the work environment that offers both the freedom to work remotely, but also the choice of an office,” said Molly-Johnson Jones, CEO and co-founder of Flexa Careers, in the publication of data.

That means workers aren’t looking to ditch remote work altogether; they just don’t do it. Whereas flexibility remains imperative to keep employees happy and keep them from joining the Great Quit doesn’t always mean remote work is the only thing keep them satisfied.

While some studies show that fully teleworkers are the happiestonly 31% of employees want to be fully remote, according to WFH Research. He revealed that younger employees are the least likely to want to work entirely remotely, due to their desire to connect in person. Generation Z is thirsty mentorship and career growthtwo things they believe they can achieve by being in power, at least some of the time.

To research of Citrix found that hybrid workers were more likely to feel connected and be productive at work than their fully remote or in-person peers. Many large companies like Apple and Google opted for hybrid policies, but with a bumps along the way.

But the shift in remote job searches may also signal that workers are reluctantly accepting the push back to the office, which finally made headway this Labor Day. There were more workers in the office in September since the pandemic began, according to data from data property management and security firm Kastle Systems, though office presence lost some of that steam at the end of the month.

“This late summer transition could be something we see becoming an annual trend and reflects employers’ continued need to remain flexible, nimble and provide choice when it comes to attracting talent,” Johnson said. Jones.

It seems that hybrid working has become the dominant way of working. For now, at least.

This story was originally featured on Fortune.com