With the unexpected outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, remote and hybrid work is on the rise. Companies are transitioning from the traditional 9-5 office structure to more flexible business models.
As we head into 2022, companies around the world are still trying to figure out the best way to work for them. With so many choosing the best for both worlds, hybrid work appears to be the dominant choice now among employers globally.
While there is still a lot to learn about this new way of working, some interesting ideas are already beginning to emerge. We surveyed a large group of our customers To give you some basic stats about the state of mixed business today. Read on!
Key statistics on hybrid work for 2022
- 76% Of the respondents confirmed that Companies have shifted to a hybrid business model
- 63% of respondents claim that Companies have not made any significant changes to their workplace To adapt it to this new way of working
- 46% It was revealed from the respondents that there There are no restrictions on coming and going to the office at this time
- Staff mostly Required to come to the office 3-4 days a week
- 26% of the employees said that they Missed their teams meeting face to face When asked why they wanted to go to the office
Hybrid work will become the norm in a post-pandemic world
According to our research, the majority of companies surveyed have switched to the hybrid business model as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, 76% of respondents confirmed switching to hybrid work in their companies.
- Just 11% will return to the office full time.
- 9% switched to full-time telecommuting.
- A small percentage revealed either that their company was still deciding what to do, or that their company had always had a flexible approach to hybrid work.
With the increasing reliability of video conferencing tools like Zoom or Microsoft Teams, the transition between home office and office space has become much smoother. The blended work model will enable employees to move between these workspaces based on their needs.
This will lead to more independence in the way people work. Employees will, for example, be able to go to the office for strategy or brainstorming sessions and stay home for more asynchronous tasks.
Most office space has not yet been adapted to fit the new business model
Although many companies have opted for hybrid work, 63% have not yet changed their office space to fit this new reality. They’ve maintained the same setup now that they had before the pandemic.
However, some companies have taken steps to adapt their workplaces to a mixed workforce. 12% of respondents indicated that their companies reduced their office space As a result of the increasing rate of remote employees. This gives way to attendance structures such as rotation shifts or designated days where certain teams are prioritized.
- A surprising 10% revealed that they needed larger office facilities To account for the growth in employees who have experienced the spread of the epidemic.
- 6% claimed by their respondents Companies closed their offices During this time to move to a common workplace.
- For more 4% said that Workspaces have been completely redesigned for mixed work.
There are generally no restrictions on coming to the office
46% of mixed offices and on-site businesses do not currently have any major restrictions in place Other than the COVID-19 health and safety measures.
Mask wearing, social distancing, and hand sanitizing are mandatory in many offices, however, things like limiting the number of people in the office at a given time or the maximum number of days employees can come into the office are not regulated.
- However, 25% of respondents indicated that they need to Reserve their seats before going to the office. This is likely due to restrictions on the number of people who can congregate indoors.
- 20% Of the respondents stated that their companies do not placeMimic the number of people who can be in the office On any given day.
- 6% can only go to the office on specific days of the week.
Going to the office 5 days a week is no longer the norm
While 76% of respondents revealed that they have to go to the office on a weekly basisThe number of days required to do this varies.
- 38% of respondents in the mixed business model need to I go to the office 3-4 days a week
- 33% Just need to do it 1-2 days per week.
- Just 5% Wanted to go to the office every working day of the week.
Some companies have adopted their own approaches. 5% of respondents indicated that they are only required to go to the office fortnightly. For more 10% Just need to go to office once a month.
The vast majority of remote workers can work from anywhere they want
Entirely remote companies, for the most part, give Complete freedom in the place where their employees work. In fact, 63% Of the remote workers surveyed claimed this was the case for them as well.
37%On the other hand, they are able to work from anywhere as long as they are Remain in the country in which they were employed. This may be largely due to legal implications such as taxes or social security in their home countries.
Most hybrid companies and office-first companies have no restrictions on where their employees can be on remote working days
For those who follow the mixed business or office first model, the majority have no restrictions on where they can work from. In fact, 33% of respondents have remote work options that allow them to work either from home or abroad.
- 19% They mentioned that they can travel on their long working days, but they have to. Stay within their country of work during that time.
- 29% be Only use this time to work from home, which limits their flexibility in traveling and commuting at work.
- Just 5% able to Working from abroad for a few months a year.
- 5% are able to do it for a A fixed period of a few weeks every calendar year.
People are tired of interacting with each other through the screen
People are excited to come back to meet in person in the mixed workplace. 26% Of the respondents say they are Most motivating by meeting face to face For interactive sessions such as workshops or team building activities.
- Customer visits Another important factor in bringing back office workers, with 21% Respondents cited this as their main interest.
- 20% looking forward to Benefit from the mixed work environment for constructive meetings 1: 1 With their team members or managers.
- Hiring managers They also indicated that they Prefer to meet potential candidates in real life. 18% They revealed that they prefer to do interviews in person, even in the new normal.
There are a lot of reasons why employees love hybrid work
It’s no surprise that companies around the world cite hybridity as the future of work. Employees get a wealth of benefits, with 26% said this model gives them a better work-life balance. They are better able to develop a healthy relationship between their personal and professional lives in this new work situation.
20% feel more productive in an environment where they can choose when to work at home and when to go to the office. The flexible schedules that mixed work refers to means that people are able to distribute their work week according to what helps them perform better.
- For more 12% He mentioned that this switch to hybrid work was his Positive effect on their mental health.
- 16% I love the time he gives them They spend with their families
- 13% He said the same about a A wider group of loved ones.
However, there are some drawbacks to the hybrid work
Most of us spent the better part of 2020 and 2021 as part of a remote team. Now that hybrid work is increasingly becoming the norm, people are revealing The least they like about it is the lack of face-to-face interaction. 25% of respondents mentioned that this is their main “complaint” about our new way of working.
- 14% I also linked this to Decreased quality of communication between team members.
- 10% of the workers also mentioned that they Inconvenient to work from home.
- 11% claims that there Lots of distractions in their home offices.
- 13% complain about having Insufficient equipment.
- 5% announced that there Nothing to hate about this business model.
If you just want to read the summary…
Yes, we have thrown a lot of information your way! Whether you’re an entrepreneur making decisions about how to run your company, a recruiter looking for the best talent, or a professional trying to understand how it’s going to work going forward, here’s a quick overview.
- Most companies opt for the mixed business model, where 1-2 or 3-4 days in the office becomes the norm.
- Hybrid work is here to stay. People love the flexibility it offers and the comfortable balance between work and life that it involves.
- It’s still a very young model, and many companies haven’t made great strides toward adapting their workspaces to it yet.
- However, people miss meeting their colleagues face to face. In particular, they want to get back together in person for team building events and workshops.