While they differ on when and how often people should return to the office, most employers and employees agree that the future of work will be “hybrid”, with some people on-site and others at home, depending on the day. A Vergesense survey found 74% of organizations intend to adopt some kind of hybrid model long-term.
While multiple studies confirmed a 5-8% jump in productivity since the great shift to remote work, leaders are divided on whether this is a temporary anomaly or the dawn of a new era.
There are a few asterisks to consider with the pandemic productivity figures:
While studies during the pandemic have shown virtual teams are highly productive, many managers can’t shake the suspicion that remote employees are doing laundry or going out for lattes when they’re supposed to be working.
A recent study found that, while virtual teams are 5-8% more productive, remote workers spend 25% less time communicating with peers outside their immediate group. This has some leaders worried that remote work will undermine the kind of cross-functional collaboration that drives innovation.
Amazon recently declared that many of its employees can stay home two days per week, indefinitely. And they are joined by Facebook, Apple, Nationwide Insurance, Siemens, and dozens of other organizations in making virtual work permanent.