At the beginning of 2020, conventional offices were characterized mainly by 9-to-5 work and assigned seating. But by the start of the pandemic, we saw a once-in-a-generation shift to remote working.
While some companies embraced the benefits of a changing work world, such as cost savings, reduced real estate footprint, and unrestricted access to talent, others viewed it as a threat to their company's culture, productivity, and innovation. Today, the future of the work world is hybrid: a mix of office and home-based working.
According to a recent report by Microsoft, spanning 30,000 employees worldwide, 70% of workers want flexible working options to continue, and 66% of decision-makers are considering redesigning physical spaces to successfully accommodate hybrid work. However, shifting to a hybrid workforce introduces new challenges and complexities that many organizations have yet to reconcile.
- Without the right policies or digital tools to gauge employee wellness, engagement, and work satisfaction, leaders will find it challenging to test the pulse of the workforce.
- Keep employees engaged and get the best out of them by using engagement software in conjunction with employee sentiment analysis tools to understand employees' stress levels and motivations.
- This will help firms improve their retention strategies by identifying problem areas and providing data to make more strategic decisions and policies that offer greater flexibility.