The largest transformation of work the globe has experienced is reaching a pivotal moment, as distributed work, fragmented workforces and an increasing focus on wellbeing force companies to evolve physical and digital workplaces and build human-centric cultures. Within the last two years, flexible working policies, wellbeing initiatives, and a focus on inclusion have become more common as companies seek to attract, grow, energize, empower and retain the talent they need for sustainable success.
We have sophisticated digital technologies that enable many tasks to be done anywhere, and which support more inclusive and thoughtful collaboration across virtual divides. Still yet, hybrid work presents unprecedented challenges to the workplace, and both employees along with their managers are still learning to adapt and support each other in these new ways of working. New research published in Glint’s latest Employee Wellbeing Report highlights the emergence of hybrid work and the new obstacles it presents to employees globally.
Percent of respondents performing their work primarily during each of the following time periods.
It is evident in the report that remote and hybrid work are on the rise, with remote work more than tripling and hybrid work more than doubling in prevalence from prior to the pandemic. Further, this research by Glint highlights that many company leaders are still favoring on-site work, introducing possible pressures on other employees to sacrifice location flexibility to assimilate with their leaderships’ behaviors. Despite possible pressures, the degree to which employees feel supported by management to work flexibly is promising, though this sentiment appears to vary somewhat by global region.
Leaders must also be intentional in connecting employees to each other and to the company culture. In Glint’s research, employees working in mixed/hybrid work arrangements reported feeling more disconnected from colleagues compared with their counterparts who work in on-site and remote contexts. This phenomenon was not isolated to large organizations; regardless of company size employees consistently reported that feeling less connected to colleagues was a core obstacle to successful remote work.
As hybrid work is here to stay, organizations who hope to build a happy and successful workforce for the future must learn to measure and address these opportunities in their own employee experience. Insights like those presented in Glint’s latest Employee Wellbeing Report are an important starting point, so explore the full report to see more detailed research findings to assist as you build your organization’s own future of work.
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