Francine Katsoudas, executive vice president and chief people, policy and purpose officer at Cisco, recently expressed the important role that hybrid work models play in supporting employees’ mental health, especially as the world still copes with the pandemic’s impact on society.
“Hybrid work allows us to redefine what’s possible by bringing out the very best of work by empowering flexibility, choice and inclusion for both employers and employees alike,” said Katsoudas.
At the moment, a large portion of Cisco’s employees work remotely and around 800 have four-day work weeks for 32 hours.
Cisco uses a decentralized team model, where team leaders will have the chance to explore the best options for each employee and check in to ensure that everyone remains engaged.
Data from Cisco’s Global Hybrid Work Index shows that 64% of professionals want the option to work remotely and that this could impact whether they stay on at their job.
Additionally, the majority of respondents said that personal health and wellness in the workplace are non-negotiable moving forward.
Not only do the respondents understand that hybrid working is essential for improved workplace wellbeing, 82% believe that access to connectivity is critical for pandemic recovery, and that by adapting to this companies can create a more diverse workplace.