There are a lot of opinions on hybrid work, and everyone approaches it differently. Management teams are primarily pro-return
to the office. Overall, employee opinion varies, but many want to return to the office at least part of the time. Workers under 25
are especially eager. Finding space to work can be challenging when you share a home with several roommates who also need room to work. Perhaps more importantly, younger employees understand the value of in-person time and the risk of proximity bias.Research shows
three-quarters of employees would like to have the option of remote work, while the other quarter says they never want to work remotely again. In one study,
a whopping 85% of professionals expect more flexibility
to work from home. Nearly half, 42%, would quit
if their employer didn't offer remote options long-term. No matter where employees stand on the work from home spectrum, they cite work efficiency
as their reasoning for the sentiment. These findings can only suggest that every company and employee will have their own opinion on the matter. Every company has different needs that a hybrid work model has to fulfill.
How do you implement a hybrid work model that allows for flexibility and collaboration while keeping an eye on productivity? Many have turned to tools they have readily on hand, for example, using spreadsheets to compile a list with all employees, their availability, and then scheduling out days, determining who comes into the office when on a set schedule. While technically a hybrid work schedule, that inhibits the flexibility employees need
. A better solution would be to empower employees to control their schedules
.Having more people than spaces for them to work makes manual scheduling difficult, if not impossible. This situation is a formula for chaos for everyone and, at the very least, makes the office an undesirable place to work.