Work from home to be replaced by hybrid model reveals Steelcase Global Report
Dezeen promotion: the majority of employees expect to return to the office for at least four days a week after the pandemic, according to a study by the Steelcase business leader.
The Steelcase Global Report predicts that hybrid work will become the norm for businesses around the world after Covid-19 security restrictions are lifted.
Despite the rise of working from home imposed by the pandemic, research suggests that the office will soon resume its status as the primary place of work.
However, it also suggests that most companies will adopt flexible long-term working policies, so that staff can continue to work from home part of the time.
“A more nuanced hybrid future”
The report mobilized 32,000 people and carried out work in 10 countries, bringing together several primary studies. The majority say they expect to spend more time working in the office than at home in the future. In seven out of ten countries, more than half of those polled say they expect to work from home one day a week or less.
âWhile some headlines suggest the office will disappear as people embrace working from home almost exclusively, research identifies a more nuanced hybrid future,â the report read.
âMost people expect to work in the office most of the time, but they also expect more flexibility from their organizations in the future.
The study also found that 87% of business leaders in September 2020 expected to allow more flexible working than before. This is a significant increase from April 2020, just after the start of the pandemic, when only 63% saw the need to change their working policies.
Introducing flexible models
Overall, 72% of all business leaders surveyed plan to adopt an âemerging hybrid model,â with employees dividing their time between the office and another location, which could be their home or a third location.
Only 5% of business leaders expect their employees to work exclusively from home – an increase of just 2% since the start of the pandemic – while 23% believe they would return to work exclusively from the office .
âThe global work from home experience is becoming a hybrid work experience,â the report reads.
“As organizations contemplate the right approach for their employees and their culture, predictions that people will work exclusively from home are being ignored for more flexible options.”
The survey also found that some companies are exploring different options for flexible working beyond their main offices / campuses, such as satellite offices or coworking facilities.
According to the study, the countries where business leaders are more likely to adopt a hybrid work model are India, China, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The numbers were lower in France and Germany, which are described as countries with “a strong office culture“. The same trend was reflected in employee data – these are the only countries where more than 70 percent of people expect to spend at least four days a week in the office.
Finding the right flexible labor policies
The Steelcase Global Report also found that people’s work-from-home experiences during the pandemic were very varied, depending on factors such as geography, industry, job type and level of employment, as well as their positions. home working conditions.
He identifies five different personality types, each with different attitudes and behavior patterns.
These include: an overworked caretaker, someone who juggles work responsibilities and family needs; Relieved self-preservationist, who believes that home is the only place that offers psychological security; Frustrated Creative Networker, who thrives on face-to-face interactions; Autonomy Seeker, who finds working from home more productive; and Isolated Zoomer, who needs separation to maintain a good work-life balance.
Based on these findings, he recommends that companies think about how to meet the diverse needs and expectations of employees going forward.
âThe global experience of working from home has shown that this can be part of a viable work policy, but it requires every organization to consider its own culture, processes, technology infrastructure and real estate strategies,â reads -on in the report.
“Leaders need to determine which policy is right for individuals, teams and the organization at large.”
The full report is available for reading or downloading on the Steelcase website.
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