Nearly 74% of U.S. companies use a hybrid work model
, mixing the structure of an in-person workspace and the flexibility of remote work. However, some companies also have abruptly required the return to the office.
One recent example of this is early last month, Elon Musk emailed Tesla employees mandating the return to the office
No flexibility. No questions asked.
Despite the return-to-office mandate, employees shared that Tesla lacks the office structure
—ranging from few parking spaces to slow Wi-Fi and limited desk space—to meet Musk’s demands.
As employees have developed new habits and experienced newfound freedom with hybrid work, inflexible mandates in a workspace unprepared to meet the needs of its people can diminish engagement, leading to costly employee turnover. This is why the future of work is in workplace freedom.