However the 71% of employees around the world still see the office as a place to socialize. This change in attitude towards flexible work and the traditional concept of the office may represent a new approach to the employment benefits that companies offer their workers, as they must adapt to the new needs that emerged after the pandemic.
The reasons to go to the office
Team collaboration, motivation, and problems with tech tools are the top reasons people want to go back to the office. What’s more, there are respondents who say that since the transition from the workplace from the office to home was not what they expected, they prefer to return to the office.
In fact, employees are more likely to request more office work days – 3 days or more a week – if the transition was not successful. However, there are still 17% who want to be in the office full time.
Three out of four employees are skeptical about the hybrid mode due to uneven and poor communication within organizations. As complementary data, the study reveals that only20% of those surveyed believe that their organization is well prepared for hybrid work. Also, more half (52%) have expressed their desire to work from home, but are concerned about how their professional career may be affected by this decision.
Opinions are also divided between managers and other collaborators, since the latter are 11% more likely to say that their organization is not so prepared for the change towards the hybrid model. In fact, it is found that 53% of employees believe that their company can already establish the hybrid work model, compared to 74% of managers.
“The world of work is undergoing significant change and we are at a crucial moment. If companies were initially doomed to remote work with little time to prepare, the pandemic has led to a permanent change in work structures “, analyzed Holger Reisinger, Senior Vice President of Jabra.
And I add: “As companies try to evolve their hybrid work strategies, this research shows that if they continue to invest in the right technology and give workers autonomy over the working day, they will be able to offer an improvement in the professional experience of their employees. employees”. According to Reisinger, “to achieve this, companies will not only have to listen to their employees, but also understand why they want it.”
What are employees looking for in the new form of hybrid work?
To create and consolidate a good hybrid work model, managers need to leave behind formal corporate policies (which lack the human element), and focus on creating high-trust environments that establish clear guidelines, but, at the same time, grant autonomy to collaborators.
For example, most workers want to set their own working hours (65%), rather than maintain a standard schedule (35%). A similar percentage would prefer to choose when to attend the office and when to work remotely from home (61%), rather than having predetermined days “at the office” and “at home” (39%).
Technology is essential in the talent war
Going beyond the model where you can choose between the office or the home, 75% of respondents want the opportunity to work from anywhere in the future And, for this, technology is key. Leaving behind the sophisticated offices in the best locations, technology will be the way to attract and retain talent, since more than half of the surveyed employees choose technology as a solution to be located in any latitude and work from there. In fact, nearly three in four would prefer that companies choose and provide the right technology tools to match the hybrid experience.
84% of employees agree that “technology can help everyone have equal access to job opportunities“, and” would prefer to work for a company that invests in technology to better connect staff in a future of hybrid work “(80%).
The five key recommendations for companies:
- Instead of ordering “back to the office”, consideration should be given to penable people to work from anywhere, providing the necessary technology to employees.
- Given that 75% of employees want to work from anywhere in the future and value flexibility over salary, it would be smart to rethink the benefits of working for them to remain competitive and continue to attract the best talent.
- Managers should consider what are the reasons and tasks why they want their workers in the office and make sure the workspace meets those needs.
- Companies that invest in technology To improve collaboration between their teams, they will benefit more than those who invest primarily in traditional physical resources.
- Managers must lead by example to demonstrate hybrid work best practices. They must demonstrate to their teams that – regardless of the chosen way of working – this will not become a disadvantage of any kind.