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The Evolving Workplace: Hybrid Work

Prior to the pandemic, remote and hybrid work was seen as a lonely and inefficient method of employment. In fact, nearly a quarter of remote employees reported that isolation and loneliness were major issues for them during their work.

Remote employees were not nearly as common as they are today and digital platforms for collaboration were not widely used and the functionality was subpar.

However, given the circumstances, many people around the world had to adapt and embrace remote and hybrid work as a necessity. Luckily, new technologies have helped this transition take place effectively.

The State of Remote and Hybrid Work Today

The advantages of remote and hybrid work are manifold. Empowering employees to design their work schedules around their own requirements has allowed them to work more effectively and productively than before.

According to Quantum’s 2021 State of Remote Work report, 30% of employees are hybrid and 35% work remotely. However, a key statistic is that 68% of employees want a hybrid work schedule full-time.

Though many companies are encouraging their employees to return to offices, it is difficult to deny the significant increases in efficiency the remote work era has brought to many different organizations.

Moreover, employee well-being has been an important topic of discussion. Thus, organizations should seriously consider the wants and needs of their employees, especially when it comes to hybrid and/or remote work models.

Why Hybrid Work is Here to Stay

As remote work has evolved into hybrid work, key data and statistics have shown the increases in productivity that can directly be attributed to these work models. In a recent report from Accenture, 83% of workers surveyed preferred a hybrid model, working remotely at least 25% of the time. With these advantages, hybrid work may become a norm in employment practices. However, to ensure success with remote employees, organizations must prioritize these reasons for success.

Resources for Employees

A key indicator of a productive hybrid employee is whether they have the right resources to perform effectively while working remotely. These can range from job autonomy, positive mental health to support leadership, and a digitally adept and mature organization. In other words, the company or organization must be willing to provide ample resources at the individual and organizational level for employees to be productive.

Digital Fluency

A digitally fluent organization has higher revenue growth and is more likely to be seen as a great workplace. Not only this, providing training and teaching digital skills to your employees allows organizations to flourish while ensuring that the workforce is connected.

Building Trust

All organizations must now reimagine their work models and offices not only to address health and safety, but also to prioritize employee trust and to provide a better experience in the workplace. Whether that is in an online setting or in-person, organizations should adhere to employees’ needs and provide the correct resources to accompany the selected work model.

Hybrid Work Conclusion

Hybrid work has become the norm in this day and age. Whether it’s temporary or permanent remains to be seen. However, what is certain is the considerable effects that hybrid work has had on employees. The freedom, flexibility, and comfort that employees have experienced cannot be denied. And, consequently, the surges in productivity and efficiency are evident.

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Nicole E. Flynn, CMO at cielo24, is deeply interested in exploring and communicating the ways in which Artificial Intelligence (AI) intersects with various aspects of our daily lives. She is passionate about exploring the ways in which AI can be ethically harnessed to improve the quality of life and make our world a better place. Nicole seeks to educate and inform audiences about the potential of AI technology and how it can be used to drive innovation and growth.