While remote working was once viewed as a temporary solution to keeping employees safe during the pandemic, experts believe that it will become a necessity for the future of work.
Many major tech companies have already made the commitment to more flexible work policies in the future, such as Twitter who announced it would allow employees to work from home permanently.
It’s understandable why companies are making this shift — they can enjoy lower expenses while allowing employees to attain a better work-life balance.
In fact, a YouGov survey revealed at least 58% of employees want to continue working from home to cut down on lengthy commutes.
Still, the survey also found that 39% never want to work from home after the pandemic. This is likely due to workers lacking the space or home office equipment to be productive, particularly among younger workers who share their space with roommates. Spotty Wi-Fi and kitchen counters don’t exactly equate to an inspiring environment.
Additionally, many workers have reported that they are unable to switch off at the end of the work day, which can negatively impact mental and physical health.
That is why the hybrid work strategy could be the ideal solution for all parties involved. Employees can come into the office some days, and work from home on other days. This allows businesses to still downsize their real estate footprint and cut costs, while providing employees with a better sense of community and a workspace to come into away from the distractions of home.