7 inconvenient truths about the hybrid work trend
Remote working was forced on many employers last year by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a simple consensus amid the pandemic that “remote working is here to stay.” But as the crisis recedes, organizations will be able to choose where employees do their jobs – now with a new set of tools, expectations and experiences.
As Marc Andreessen said recently, we are undergoing “a permanent change of civilization” where we can separate “physical location from economic opportunities”. He is probably right in the long run, but we still have many questions to answer before this utopian dream comes true.
Here are the seven inconvenient truths and unresolved issues around the new trend in hybrid and remote working.
Many digital nomads are now full-time employees.
Emerging research partners and MBOs found in a recent study that the number of Americans identifying themselves as digital nomads increased from 7.3 million in 2019 to 10.9 million in 2020, an increase of 49%. That’s a huge number, considering that (in 2018) the United States employed 64.2 million white-collar workers, a number that includes those (like most healthcare workers and others) who cannot work as digital nomads.