- Hybrid working is poised to remain a common feature of the post-pandemic working world.
- Some of the top companies with the most hybrid job postings in 2021 include Robert Half International, UnitedHealth Group, and Verizon.
- FlexJob’s data shows that employers have come to realize the intensity of the competition for talent and are more willing to offer hybrid work models.
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The pandemic has redrawn corporate policies – such that most major companies now offer the flexibility to work both from home and the office.
A type of flexible work is hybrid work, in which employees divide their working week between being in the office and working remotely.
Hybrid working is poised to remain a common feature of the post-pandemic working world.
When asked by YouGov in a survey commissioned by Microsoft, 51% of respondents would quit if the current mix of remote and office work vanished.
Owl Labs revealed in the findings of its fifth annual State of Remote Work report in partnership with Global Workplace Analytics that 71% of employees want a hybrid or remote work model post-pandemic. Even at the present, 73% of employees have returned to the office at least one day a week.
However, employee preferences are split in thirds, with 34% preferring full-time remote work, 29% preferring full-time in-person work, and 27% preferring to come into the office between one and four days each week.
Workers have varying opinions on how the hybrid model should be approached. Without carefully planning out how to execute this arrangement, these differing views could drive a wedge between in-office and remote workers.
That’s why leaders have a responsibility to create a fully realized hybrid workplace strategy. It’s clear that workers want them, and many companies are listening.
FlexJobs recently announced the Top 75 Companies Hiring for Hybrid Jobs in 2022. The list is based on an analysis of approximately 57,000 companies and their hybrid job posting histories in the FlexJobs database between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.
These companies had the highest number of hybrid job openings in 2021 and are expected to be strong prospects for job seekers in 2022.
“One of FlexJobs’ surveys found that while 58% prefer a fully remote job, 39% would actually prefer a hybrid arrangement,” said Sara Sutton, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “While we have seen a few companies go fully virtual and hire for roles like Remote Work Manager or Chief Remote Officer to help build strong, sustainable remote work programs, ultimately, we expect the future workplace norm to include a mix of in-person and remote work.”
Below are the top 10 companies with the most hybrid job postings in 2021.
- Robert Half International
- UnitedHealth Group
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
- Stride, Inc.
- Accounting Principals
- Grand Canyon Education – GCE
- CVS Health
- Lincoln Financial Group
The seven career categories below dominated hybrid job postings in 2021.
- Project Management
- Computer & IT
- Medical & Health
- Accounting & Finance
- Education & Training
Asking the following questions can help ensure a clear understanding of how a company approaches hybrid work. Specifically:
- How often can you work from home?
- How often must you be in the office?
- When you come into the office, do you have to stay the whole day?
- When you work at home, how often are you expected to communicate and how?
- When you aren’t in the office, are there core hours you have to be online?
- Who can (or does) work a hybrid schedule?
- How do you communicate with remote or hybrid staff?
- Are there core hours I have to work?
- How do you measure performance? Or, what does success look like in this position?
There are many benefits of a hybrid work model
In terms of motivations behind offering flexible work arrangements, employers cited that retention was their main reasoning, followed by recruiting talent, improving work-life balance, employee wellbeing, and employee input.
FlexJob’s data shows that employers have come to realize the intensity of the competition for talent and are willing to make the necessary adjustments to their policies to ensure they keep their best workers aboard.
Now that organizations have had their eyes opened to the benefits of the hybrid work model, such as greater productivity, employee engagement, and reduced commuting hassles – moving forward, they need to think about how to get the most out of this model.
Here’s how companies can create a working hybrid model
- Building a permanent infrastructure that supports both in-office and remote working capabilities will be essential. This means investing into enterprise solutions such as collaboration and project-management software to create a healthy, asynchronized workplace.
- Utilizing the cloud for company files will also be crucial as employees will be working from different locations at various times. If work isn’t being saved in one place, this can make processes complicated and hurt productivity.
- The physical workplace will also need to be reconfigured. This will require understanding what employees want and need from the office, whether its private office space, video-conferencing capabilities in meeting rooms and more.
- A hybrid work model revolves around consistent and transparent communication. This can be done in the form of weekly or monthly meetings to keep everyone on the same page when it comes to projects and bring teams closer together.