As we approach the one-year mark of the coronavirus being declared a pandemic, companies are looking to identify what role remote working will continue to play in the future.
While it is evident that some companies will still offer this arrangement for the foreseeable future, not everyone will be working from home.
Tracy Hawkins, Vice President for Real Estate and Workplace and Remote Experience at Twitter, stated that the company recently surveyed its employees to see what their preferred work arrangement was.
Around 10% want to fully return to the office, while 20% want to completely work remotely. The rest want a hybrid of the two.
Additionally, technology firm Avid is gearing up to launch a work-from-anywhere program that allows employees to choose whether they want to work in the office, from home, or both.
“All of those stereotypes [around working from home] have been disrupted a bit, and now hopefully people feel like they have a choice,” said Laura Walsh, Senior Director of Global Real Estate and Workplace at Avid. “But then, I think that there are certain people who will choose the office ultimately, which I think is also interesting.”
These are only a few of the countless examples of companies reconfiguring their workplace operations in order to meet the growing demand for alternative work solutions.
However, it is still unclear what employees will want and need in order to feel fully safe and supported in the office. For instance, some workers want to return to the office, but can’t due to their children being home from school.