The economy is at a crossroads as inflation rises, spending decreases, and business leaders are forced to address the labor shortage.
In the UK, both the pandemic and Brexit have led to major staffing shortages. Many workers in the region are reluctant to return to the office after enjoying a few years of productivity at home.
All signs point to a recurring theme within the labor force right now: hybrid work demand.
The blanket term for splitting time between the office and workers’ homes has quickly become one of the more popular solutions to appeasing employee demands.
However, transitioning to this arrangement takes detailed planning to ensure it accommodates all workers.
“Shifting to a hybrid work environment will take a lot of time to master,” a report from Group 360 stated. “Working will never look the exact same as it did pre-pandemic, but that is ok. Companies will continue to find new and innovative ways to embrace collaboration with employees all over the world.”
One issue that has emerged with the adoption of hybrid work has been that some workers hired during the pandemic may be entering their employer’s office for the first time. Once they do come into the workspace, some find that they do not fit in with the culture or are having trouble integrating.
Another issue with these arrangements come from working parents, who have struggled with balancing childcare duties with workplace responsibilities. Research suggests that workers would take a pay cut for increased workplace flexibility, which may help businesses looking to cut down their own expenses.