The world didn’t just survive an enforced period of flexible working during the pandemic—it thrived on it. As a result, employees are exploring new hybrid working models where they call the shots on where and when they work.
This is challenging employers to come to grips with what this means for their roles and responsibilities in this new landscape: from delivering on employee expectations, through supporting their well-being, to putting in place the technology needed to make hybrid working a success.
This report explores the changing attitudes toward hybrid work across a wide variety of businesses in three key categories:
A tech-enabled future
However, there is a gap between the demand for hybrid working and the prevalence of employers providing it. Across all industries and the public sector, the supply of hybrid working opportunities is 15-21 percentage points lower than the proportion of employees who want it.
Desire for hybrid working in future
Amongst total within each working category
A major reason that hybrid working is proving popular in the long-term is because of the benefits it provides employees in when it comes to work/life balance. Reduction in time spent commuting and better management of home life were identified by our research as the two most commonly cited benefits of hybrid working.
7 in 10
Employees agree that hybrid working shows their company cares about employee emotional and mental well-being.
At the same time, the option of hybrid work has a positive impact on how much employees feel that their mental and emotional well-being is valued by their employers. While 69% of employees agree that hybrid working shows that employers are taking well-being into consideration, this figure rises to 76% among those who are hybrid working already.
Effect of hybrid working on employee attitudes
of respondents believe that the new hybrid model has persuaded their company leaders to invest in greater technology to satisfy these new working behaviours.
As hybrid working has become more commonplace – and as technology has helped it become smoother and more efficient – so the attitudes of management toward more flexible working models have changed. No longer are they suspicious or distrusting of employees who work from home: around 80% of managers now trust employees to work digitally and have found that their productivity is just as good when working remotely. As a result, a similar proportion have now realized that with productivity unaffected, hybrid working gives them the opportunity to streamline their business and find more efficiencies.
I trust my employees/colleagues to get their work done when working from home/digitally.
The pandemic has made me realize that the way we conduct business can be streamlined.
Employees want hybrid working now more than ever. And so employers must respond to these needs and prioritize mental health, flexible work options, and improved technology to support a better work-life balance and create happier employees.
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