So, what’s next? As the current COVID lockdown periods end and many eye a return to the pre-COVID working environments, were the past 18 months all for nothing? Not exactly.
The past 18 months have played a significant role in how the work environment will look and operate in the future. As businesses look to re-open, office environments will slowly be restored to their former glory, and resume some of their pre-COVID practices. However, it will never be the same. Instead, a new era of work will emerge. One that combines modern remote working roles with on-site work, known as the hybrid working environment.
Hybrid working environments combine benefits of both remote work and on-site work, by allowing employees to spend their time working from both locations during the week. A trend that has become increasingly popular with employees and been touted as becoming the future of work. Employees are relishing in the increased flexibility and freedom that comes with this new form of work and it’s even influenced the way potential job offers are viewed. Gartner have reported that 59% of workers they surveyed would only consider a new job or position if it allowed them to work from a location of choice. Whilst 64% of respondents were more likely to consider roles that allowed for flexible hours over ones that didn’t. Responses which indicate that many employees have enjoyed the different experiences and benefits that working remotely offered them.