A Gallup survey from September 2020 found that only 33% of respondents were working from home full-time, compared to the 51% reported in April 2020.
While the beginning of the pandemic indicated that remote working could become a permanent fixture in the workplace, some employees have expressed wanting an office to return to.
“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, Vice President of Advisory at Gartner.
Even major companies like Google and Microsoft have announced they would be adopting a more hybrid approach moving forward.
However, the method in which these companies bring employees into the office, even for a portion of the week, will need to be well-thought-out with the safety and health of employees in mind.
For instance, the change in commutes have altered commuter benefits programs. With employees not commuting every day, employers are looking to commute platforms that build a commuter transportation program to help accommodate their newfound agile and flexible culture.
Another option for employees has been the use of electric bikes. In fact, Energise E-bikes said their sales have doubled in the last six months. This is partially due to people avoiding public transportation, as well as those looking for a healthier commute option.