New research from Gartner has revealed that 82% of business leaders will continue to let their employees work from home for at least some of the time and 47% will do so permanently.
“The question now facing many organizations is not how to manage a remote workforce, but how to manage a more complex, hybrid workforce,” said Elisabeth Joyce, HR practice advisory VP at Gartner.
Specifically, Joyce said that going back to “normal” will be incredibly difficult as employees are now accustomed to a new set of expectations.
The research found that 43% of companies plan to integrate flexible days throughout the work week, while 15% have plans to transition to four 10-hour work days. Regardless of how companies approach the future of working, it is clear that there will be significant changes in the coming months.
As companies transition to hybrid work arrangements, work structures as well as the way workers meet goals will need to be addressed. In fact, Gartner found that 61% of managers have recently boosted the amount of employee check-ins.
One of the biggest strains on managing a distributed workforce is making sure the corporate culture stays strong, and 30% of respondents said they are concerned about their culture as they move to remote working.