In the latter half of 2021, 45% of full-time employees continued to work from home while 20% worked at home part-time (Gallup 2022). Two thirds (67%) of employees who held white-collar jobs worked at home exclusively. Remote working continues to grow allowing workers to live their purposeful lifestyle involving home, family, child and elder care, activities, leisure, responsibilities, wellness, and educational pursuits. Working from home is less prevalent among those professions that demand on-site presence, such as education, hospitality and health care industries.
In Gallup’s State of the Workplace study (May/June 2021), 9,000 employees shared their reasons to work both from home and the office in a hybrid arrangement, part-time at home and part time at the office:
- 37% like working from home
- 54% prefer a hybrid work arrangement at home and office
- 9% want to return full-time to the office
- Many find that their productivity increases when working from home
- Working from home provides flexibility in time and domestic chores
- Working from home provides a better balance of personal and professional obligations
All indications imply that hybrid work is here to stay. The Gallup study concludes that working remotely will remain. Of workers, 91% prefer the hybrid work environment of some time at home, and some time at work.
Workers identified their reasons for where to work based on lack of commuting, improvement of well-being, flexibility, and fewer distractions. Those who preferred a hybrid work schedule or full-time at the office mentioned their gratitude for camaraderie, preference for a schedule, interpersonal exchanges, in-house collaboration, face-to-face meetings and access to technology, supplies and resources.
Will employees leave a company if they can’t work remotely? When employees were asked that question, 31% said yes.
The new normal in the workplace shows that people have grown accustomed to working from home, commuting less, enjoying more freedom and increased personal well-being with time to focus on several life areas. Leaders and managers are realizing the value of this work option to the majority of their workforce and learning to keep the remote work option alive and well.
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