When we embarked on our remote work journeys 1.5 years ago, the future was anything but certain. Companies expected that the lack of in-office presence would devastate productivity, and employees were afraid to lose their jobs.
But in many cases, quite the opposite happened. Productivity boomed, companies thrived, and employees had more work flexibility than ever before. In fact, both leaders and employees plan to implement hybrid work in some form or another in the next year.
As offices reopen and the pandemic winds down, we’ll all have to adapt to the new hybrid and remote-first world of work. Here are five blogs on hybrid work you should check out:
1. The growing divide between employees and leaders on hybrid work is a huge problem
Leaders and workers both want some form of hybrid work, but if industry giants such as Facebook and Google are any indication, what hybrid looks like is a huge point of contention.
Specifically, workers want more WFH days than leaders are willing to give them. Workers spent the last 1.5 years with unprecedented flexibility, higher productivity, and better work-life balance. To them, more WFH days is a win for everyone.
Leaders, however, fear that company culture will crumble when workers can’t collaborate in person—especially in the long run. They want employees to return to the office.
2. Should employees get to choose their WFH days?
Despite all of the pandemonium around hybrid work, what employees really want isn’t a split between in-office and remote work days. Employees want the freedom to choose their schedules. In other words, employees want flexibility.
The problem is, letting employees choose their WFH days introduces more challenges. For example, some managers might have proximity bias—where those who work in the office are more valued on the team. – Read more
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