The remote work experience lasted longer for many than they would have liked, and many locations have moved, or are moving back to in-person work. Interestingly a recent survey done by Amazon here in Canada found that only 12% wanted to return to the office 5 days a week, and 2 in 5 Canadian Workers would look for another job is they had to go back to the office full time. You can read what the Toronto Star has written about that study here.
So let’s take a look at what I wrote last year:
As some locations start to get their populations vaccinated, workplaces may be reopening in the not so distant future. In some cases, some organizations will go back to work, in other cases they may become hybrid, with some people in the office, and others working from home.
The hybrid workspace can be even more challenging in terms of support, than the all in-person realm, or all remote workspace.
Having worked in the hybrid world for many years, here at Potentials Realized, we will be widening our program support for teams, as well as consulting services for organizations to more explicitly support hybrid working arrangements and teams. We feel that this is an important part of the next phase of work and economics.
Here are some interesting pieces of recent research about the hybrid workspace:
“Among the challenges of managing a hybrid workforce, 30% of business leaders are most concerned with maintaining corporate culture. Thirteen percent of respondents reported concern over creating parity between the remote and in-office experience; 13% also are concerned about providing a seamless employee experience.” – Gartner Study, June 2020 -
“Output driven metrics” along with “Regular meetings to touch base, say once a day at a set time can set the expectation and answer any questions that need answering. From there, it’s a matter of trusting your team to get the job done and making adjustments as necessary.”
A November 2020 study noted, “More than 20 percent of the workforce could work remotely three to five days a week as effectively as they could if working from an office. If remote work took hold at that level, that would mean three to four times as many people working from home than before the pandemic”. - https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/future-of-work/whats-next-for-remote-work-an-analysis-of-2000-tasks-800-jobs-and-nine-countries
Smartway2 study found that 92 percent of people surveyed in fall 2020 wanted to return to the office. They would prefer one of the following:
- to work mostly from home with occasional office time (40%)
- to share their time equally between home and office (31%)
- to work mostly at the office with occasional time at home (21%) (Source
What’s next in your workspace? What’s important for you to note? What is important to start thinking about?
These questions and information is just as relevant today in March 2022 as it was last year in March 2021. Let us know what you are doing and focusing on!
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