With the unforeseen outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, remote and hybrid work are on the rise. Businesses are switching from the traditional office-first, 9-5 structure to
more flexible working models.
As we enter 2022, companies worldwide are still trying to figure out what way of working will be best for them. With many opting for the best of both worlds, hybrid working appears to now be the prevalent choice among employers globally.
While there’s still a lot to learn about this new way of working, some interesting insights are already starting to emerge. We conducted a survey of a large pool of our customers to bring you a few key statistics on the status of hybrid work today. Read on!
- Only 11% will go back to the office full-time.
- 9% have turned to full-time remote work.
- A small percentage revealed either that their companies were still deciding what to do, or that their companies have always had a flexible approach to hybrid work.
With the increased reliability of videoconferencing tools like Zoom or Microsoft Teams, the transition between home office and office space is becoming more seamless. The hybrid working model will enable employees to move between these workspaces based on their needs.
This will lead to more autonomy over the way people work. Employees will be able to, for instance, go to the office for strategy or brainstorm sessions and stay home for more asynchronous tasks.
However, some companies have made moves to adapt their workspace to a hybrid workforce. 12% of respondents indicated that their companies downsized their office spaces as a result of a growing rate of remote employees. This gives way for attendance structures like rotational shifts or dedicated days where priority is given to certain teams.
- A surprising 10% revealed that they needed bigger office facilities to account for the growth in personnel they experienced throughout the pandemic.
- 6% of respondents claimed their companies closed down their offices during this time to move to a coworking space.
- A further 4% said that their workspaces were fully redesigned to suit hybrid work.
Mask wearing, social distancing, and hand sanitizing are mandatory in many offices, however, things like a cap on the number of people in the office at a given time or a maximum number of days employees can come to the office are not regulated.
- However, 25% of respondents indicated that they do need to book their seats before going to the office. This is likely due to restrictions on the number of people who can congregate in an indoor location.
- 20% of respondents stated that their companies do place a limit on the number of people who can be at the office on any day.
- 6% can only go to the office on specific days a week.
- 38% of respondents in a hybrid work model need to go to the office 3-4 days a week
- 33% only need to do so 1-2 days a week.
- Just 5% are required to go to the office every working day of the week.
Some companies have adopted their own ad-hoc approaches. 5% of respondents have indicated that they are only asked to go to the office once every two weeks. A further 10% only need to go to the office once a month.
37%, on the other hand, are able to work from wherever as long as they remain in the country where they were hired. This could largely be due to legal implications like tax or social security in their home countries.
- 19% stated that they can travel on their remote workdays, but that they have to remain within the country of their employment during that time.
- 29% are only allowed to use this time to work from home, limiting their flexibility to travel and move around while working.
- Just 5% are able to work from abroad for a few months a year.
- 5% are able to do so for a fixed period of a few weeks every calendar year.
- Client visits are another significant driver in bringing office workers back in, with 21% of respondents citing this as their main interest.
- 20% are looking forward to taking advantage of the hybrid work environment for constructive, 1:1 meetings with their team members or managers.
- Hiring managers have also indicated that they prefer to meet potential candidates in real life. 18% have revealed that they prefer to conduct interviews in person, even in the new normal.
20% feel that they are more productive in an environment where they are able to choose when to work at home and when to go to the office. The flexible schedules that hybrid work implies mean that people are able to distribute their workweek according to what helps them perform better.
- A further 12% stated that this shift to hybrid work has had a positive effect on their mental health.
- 16% love the time it affords for them to spend with their families
- 13% have said the same about a broader pool of loved ones.
- 14% have also linked this to a decrease in the quality of communication between teammates.
- 10% of workers have also stated that they're not comfortable working from home.
- 11% claim that there are too many distractions in their home offices.
- 13% complain of having inadequate equipment.
- 5% have declared that there is nothing that they dislike about this working model.
- Most companies are opting for a hybrid work model, with 1-2 or 3-4 days in the office becoming the standard.
- Hybrid work is here to stay. People love the flexibility it affords and the comfortable work-life balance it implies.
- It's still a very young model, and not many companies have made significant strides towards adapting their workspaces to it just yet.
- However, people do miss meeting their colleagues face-to-face. In particular, they want to come back together in person for team-building events and workshops.