The pandemic quickly blurred the boundaries between home and work. Zoom and Teams calls gave us glimpses of our colleagues’ domestic lives – children and pets invaded workspaces, housemates drifted into kitchens to raid the fridge, doorbells rang with deliveries. But over the summer of 2021, as COVID restrictions in some countries started to lift, people started to dial in to video calls from more traditional workspaces: office desks and meeting rooms. The shift to hybrid working had begun.
Our Future of Work survey reveals that for many companies, hybrid working is the way forward. Just one in twenty (5%) businesses believe that they will not see any form of remote working in future.
What’s the appeal of hybrid?
In commercial terms, hybrid working makes sense. There are significant savings on office overheads if your employees work from home some of the time. And it can boost productivity levels, 77% of higher-growth companies in our survey report higher productivity levels. A similar proportion (66%) say it will help them expand into new markets.
Crucially, it’s what many employees want: flexible working policies and an emphasis on employee wellbeing are a close second to salary and benefits when it comes to moving jobs.