McKinsey just released essential data about remote workers. Their research shows 58% of Americans have the option to work from home at least one day a week. That is roughly 92 million Americans participating in the remote work revolution. These hybrid workers spend some days in the office and some at home; according to McKinsey, they love it. What does the research show about the productivity of remote and hybrid workers? Will companies embrace hybrid work for the foreseeable future?
What’s Happening with Hybrid Work?
Gas prices and inflation make remote or hybrid work an appealing alternative to anyone trying to save a buck. Employers save on energy usage, too, and studies show the workforce is more productive when working from home—not less. Employees are more efficient because:
- They’re not stressed by a commute.
- They avoid messy office politics.
- They have better focus.
- Their work environment is quieter.
- They have fewer work day interruptions.
Most employees say their mental health has improved while working remotely. Perhaps that is why more than 64% of employees say they will quit their jobs if they do not work from home at least part of the time. Forbes reports on an AT&T study that says hybrid will be the new work style, but 72% of companies lack a strategy for supporting these models.
The problem, employers report, is that it’s actually more of a hassle for employees to go hybrid. For example, imagine commuting three hours to an office to find that the employees you need to collaborate with didn’t come in that day. Sure, they can go on Zoom, but the employee just wasted the time, energy, and money they spent on the commute.
The study showed:
- Hybrid work will be the default by 2024 for most companies.
- 100% of employers say a remote or hybrid strategy will attract younger talent.
- 86% of employers say their workers prefer a hybrid work model.
Do Employees Want Hybrid Work?
A 2021 survey shows more than 75% of employees not only want hybrid work, they say it’s here to stay. Our attitudes have changed; we know we can work from anywhere now and believe that we should. Facebook’s CEO says 50% of their entire staff will be fully remote by 2030. Slack surveyed 9,000 employees in half a dozen countries, and more than 70%want to work in hybrid or remote options.
“This dynamic is widespread across demographics, occupations, and geographies. The flexible working world was born of a frenzied reaction to a sudden crisis but has remained as a desirable job feature for millions. This represents a tectonic shift in where, when, and how Americans want to work and are working.”
Best ATS for Hybrid Work
A Gallup poll reports that the biggest frustration of hybrid workers is that they do not have the right tools to do their jobs while working remotely.
Has Your Company Gone Hybrid?
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