As we approach 2022, the future of work will revolve around fleshing out new work arrangements, defining what flexibility means, and outlining hybrid work options.
In just the past year, employees have become increasingly clear about what they want: full flexibility.
Flexibility has played a supportive role in the workplace since the onset of the pandemic, but moving forward, this factor will become necessary for employee retention and overall operations.
Full flexibility expands beyond shorter work days or rearranged hours throughout the week. It means providing workers with total control over where they work and when they work.
Simply put, employees just want a prompt and the due date.
Organizations trying to balance the best of both remote and in-person work arrangements have adopted hybrid models in recent months.
However, there is no one-size-fits-all for this work policy. In the coming year, companies should be prepared to specifically define what their hybrid work model means.
For some, it could come in the form of a four-day work week. For others, it may mean that businesses allow employees to work remotely or in the office whenever they see fit.
Whichever path is chosen, leaders have a responsibility to communicate new policies across the entire organization and ensure that this new model focuses on creating an equitable and inclusive environment.