Mastering the Future of Hybrid Workplace Culture
Get to grips with the future of hybrid workplace culture, business requirements, and employee preferences, with this latest piece of research from Ezra.
Hybrid workplace culture is a flexible working arrangement that allows employees to work on-site or off-site depending on their preferences.
Employees have definite preferences for working on or off-site! The Pulse of the American Worker survey found that only 8% of remote employees are willing to return to full-time work after the pandemic, and 48% of workers would prefer to work from home permanently. A Stanford study showed that only 20% of all workers would prefer to be in an office full time, while 25% would want to work at home full time.
Employees in fact want their companies to adopt a hybrid workplace culture. 87% want to work from home at least once a week, and 44% want to work from home for “part of” the week. 83% of workers identified hybrid workplace models as being optimal in the future, with 68% of American workers saying that working both remotely and on-site is the “perfect” workplace model. 55% of workers want to spent time in both the office and at home – and a whopping 83% of employees would leave their current job if working remotely meant less compensation.
Employees can really feel the benefits of a hybrid workplace culture. Workers who had a hybrid work model during the COVID-19 pandemic had better mental health and stronger work relationships; they also experienced less burnout than those who worked entirely on-site or entirely remotely.
Hybrid work models are in use by companies experiencing high growth trajectories. An Accenture report showed that 63% of high revenue growth companies are adopting a hybrid workplace culture. By contract, 69% of companies with negative or no growth say that they dislike the idea of hybrid workforces and prefer all on-site (or all remote) employees.
Executives are already planning increase investment to support hybrid working. 72% are investing in tools for virtual collaboration while 70% are focusing on building new IT infrastructure to secure virtual connectivity. 64% are offering training for their managers to help manage a remote workforce, 57% are looking to upgrade conference rooms with enhanced virtual connectivity, and 50% are looking to introduce “hoteling” applications that allow mostly remote workers to schedule time in the office when they need it.
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