What does the Post-Pandemic future hold for work? 5 data sources that think that Hybrid-workforce is the future
We’re in the midst of a unique moment in the history of work. None of us planned on being here, but the COVID-19 outbreak changed the way companies all over the world are managing their workforce in a flash of a second.
Many people think the world will never be the same again, but a lot are waiting for their old lives back and for the moment they come back to the office. We at stayhome.ai think the future is in the Hybrid Office — where some employees work on-premise, while others work from home. The potential is huge: lower costs on office space, more flexibility for all, increased productivity and more.
This model is backed up by data from big research companies. Mckinsey for example, studied the case way back in 2013 in their work with Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer. The company then tried a hybrid — remote approach, but it wasn’t matured yet, and neither was the technology.
They came back to this research now in the post-pandemic world and their conclusion is absolute: companies cannot sustain a remote-only work model, because nothing can replace entirely face to face interactions because so much of communication is nonverbal — and that does not come easily out of zoom.
There is no need to introduce Gartner, the research giant introduced the hybrid-remote model and continues to expand and explore it. In a massive survey with thousands of employees from all over the world they found clear trends that hybrid-remote models are expanding quickly.
A staggering percent of employees said they expect to work somewhat remotely during their work week — more than 78% of workers will demand it in every job hunt in the future. Gartner also shows a major growth in the percentage of employees working remotely pre and post pandemic. Today, 48% of workers work somewhat or fully remotely in comparison to only 30% before the pandemic hit, and they project it’s just the beginning.
Deloitte has some very important ideas on the future of work. They’ve made a thorough research on life after the virus. They’re calling remote work “the new norm” and urge companies to adapt fast.
Organizations must prepare for digital transformation. They have to make internal measures like flexible workforce, and adding digital capabilities, but also they must take some external measures like investing in technology and ensuring continuous communications with clients.
First Analysis, however think expect the world of work to reach a long lasting routine only when immunity to COVID-19 will be established and widespread. But nonetheless, employers are adjusting workspaces and schedules to allow workers to socially distance at first, but to ensure employee productivity. The researchers say that market leaders are putting the tone, and when Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Amazon have made definitive statements about long term changes – smaller fish will follow.
Last but not least, lets take a look at Buffer’s state of remote work 2020, which gives us a clear picture on the expansion and advancement of remote work. This years numbers are unequivocal. When asked “Would you like to work remotely, at least some of the time, for the rest of your career?” 98% out of 15,000 respondents answered– Yes.
The pandemic boosted remote work from a nice perk or niche to the widespread norm. But working fully remote isn’t going to last in the long term. Companies who won’t adapt will just stay behind.