The right time, the right place
Despite recent events, hybrid working has been gaining traction for some years. This has largely been down to employees wanting a better work-life balance while businesses look to reduce their overhead costs.
A recent study by LeadershipIQ found that 59% of employees say their work-life balance improves when they’re able to work from home, while only 9% of remote workers want to work “in the office” all the time.
From a management perspective, global research by Steelcase reports that 87% of leaders around the world expect to allow people more choice in where and how they work (a 38% increase from April 2020).
We’ve known for some time that location is no longer the determining factor for most work. While the recent focus on hybrid work models has been a response to challenging circumstances, it has provided the perfect chance to embrace the opportunities this approach offers to both individuals and businesses. It’s shown that now is the right time to redefine “place of work” and move location out of the spotlight.
What does this mean for businesses? It’s time to focus on how, not where, work is done.
Making hybrid working work
Of course, hybrid working is not without its challenges. The reality is that it’s not enough to simply convert physical interactions into virtual meetings. Making hybrid work for your business strategy, operations and employees demands careful organizational design using robust data.
So, in this guide, we’ll explore some of the challenges we see and outline some actionable steps you can take to help you accelerate your hybrid working journey.