Hybrid work is likely to play a big part in creating a more equitable workforce in the future. A recent study conducted by Omdia on the Future of Work has shed light on the positive impact of hybrid work on diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.
According to the study, as cited by Business Wire, a majority of businesses (69%) believe that hybrid work models enable employees with varying accessibility needs to access more opportunities. Additionally, 67% feel it allows employees to eliminate geographical barriers, 63% believe it helps employees feel connected within a cohesive team, 61% agree that it reduces feelings of marginalization among employees, and 59% view it as a means to bridge recruitment gender disparities.
The research shows the growing preference for hybrid and remote work models and suggests that this shift isn’t just about convenience or preference; it’s also about inclusivity. Nearly half of the employees surveyed indicated their intention to adopt a permanent hybrid or fully mobile work approach.
“Businesses need the help of digital partners, processes, and technologies in navigating successful future of work initiatives,” said Adam Holtby, Omdia Principal Analyst and author of the Future of Work report.
In 2023, job seekers still view DEI efforts as influential factors when considering new work opportunities. As work styles “continue to diversify, 57% of HR and IT leaders report that employee satisfaction at work has improved,” according to Business Wire. The study found that diverse work styles like hybrid work influences employee productivity, satisfaction, and overall customer experience. Interestingly, the study also found that when employees are mandated to return to the office, their satisfaction at work decreases.
As more businesses update their remote and hybrid work policies, they’ll likely need to prioritize inclusivity to remain both agile and competitive in attracting talented employees who are more than capable of performing tasks.