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The world of work has undergone a seismic shift since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

People who were used to working a 9 to 5 job behind a desk and closed doors, moved their office into the living room. Positions that were described as ‘office-only’ were assumed right from the comfort of the employee’s home.

The vast majority of employees — 89 percent — say they want to be allowed to work remotely some or all of the time.

1 in 4 employees says they will quit their job if it does not offer better flexibility.

These numbers mean that if your business does not offer flexibility, it may stop attracting talent and maybe have a hard time retaining its current employees.

So, should you offer your staff the flexibility to work from home or should you stick to the regular office hours?

After 2 years of testing remote work, here’s what we (and companies from around the world) learned:

Work from home is not for everyone

While it seems like the most popular option for almost everyone, some employees prefer being present in an office to work. The reason for that is they crave human contact, which is completely understandable. Some people just dislike the idea of working between 4 walls alone for 8 hours a day. It is also irritating for them to have to schedule meetings online or wait for their co-workers to answer an email when they could have gotten a quick answer in person. Let’s say that even with all the digital tools available, communication between teams isn’t always that easy and can sometimes be frustrating.

In contrast, other remote employees may appreciate avoiding long commutes or saving money on workplace parking. They may also discover that they are more productive at home because they can better manage their time and avoid distractions at work.

It is important to let people decide for themselves when it comes to their location. Give your employees the option to work from home if they want to, but keep your office doors open for the ones who prefer to attend.

Flexibility is a deal breaker

To most candidates in today’s world, having a certain level of flexibility at work is a deal breaker. Your company may offer higher pay or better work arrangements, but if it does not meet the candidate’s requirements for flexibility, they will move on to the next opportunity without even blinking.

We believe that the hybrid work model is the most effective one so far, as it offers a middle ground for employees who like working from home and others who don’t. You can suggest a 2-day work from the office and a 3-day work from home week. That way, you will be providing flexibility while also fostering and maintaining healthy communication and employee engagement when your teams attend the office.

The remote "burnout" factor is real

If you haven’t experienced it yourself, chances are you’ve heard about it from a very tired co-worker.  Indeed, the biggest challenge for companies that allowed employees to work remotely is to keep them engaged. It is harder to keep your people connected and motivated when, well, the human factor is missing.

Many remote teams also report feeling extremely disengaged and exhausted due to long working hours where the 9 to 5 schedule is not respected by managers who think that it is okay to overwork employees who work remotely. Additionally, managers have reported a drop in the quality of work due to demotivation and burnout.

Luckily, this can be avoided by adopting the hybrid work model which enables employees to connect with each other at the office, schedule meetings in person, and relate more to the company culture. And on days when they are working remotely, managers must respect the work schedule and avoid assigning tasks after hours.

In short, every person has their own unique preferences when it comes to working. As a company owner, you can adopt a hybrid work model to ensure your employees are getting the flexibility they want while still being able to foster positive relationships with each other and have a healthy work-life balance.

Adopt an efficient & sustainable work model. 

Adopt an efficient & sustainable work model.  

Adopt an efficient & sustainable work model. 

Adopt an efficient & sustainable work model.  

Adopt an efficient & sustainable work model. 

Adopt an efficient & sustainable work model.  

Adopt an efficient & sustainable work model. 

Adopt an efficient & sustainable work model.  

Adopt an efficient & sustainable work model. 

Adopt an efficient & sustainable work model.