Businesses are changing how they work, and it’s not just a temporary thing. Some want everyone back in the office like before, but others are embracing more flexible ways of working.
Leaders are facing a big question: Is this focus on flexibility and well-being just a trend, or is it the new normal? Research shows that the past two years have greatly affected how people think about work, and it’s not something that can be ignored or reversed.
Varied Priorities for Employees:
- People are rethinking what’s important to them in their jobs.
- 47% of employees now prioritize family and personal life over work, and 53% prioritize health and well-being.
- Many are considering changing jobs because of issues like mental health, work-life balance, and a lack of flexible work hours.
Challenges for Managers:
- Managers play a crucial role but often feel stuck between what employees want and what leaders decide.
- Half of the managers feel their bosses are out of touch with their workers.
- Employees who’ve worked remotely think they’ve done well, but leaders sometimes don’t see it the same way.
Making the Office Worthwhile:
- Companies want employees back in the office, but the reasons aren’t always clear.
- 51% of employees in hybrid arrangements plan to go fully remote soon.
- Leaders need to make in-person meetings meaningful and inclusive, creating new rules for hybrid meetings.
Balancing Work and Personal Time:
- Many have been working longer hours since 2020.
- Employees are trying to be more deliberate with their time, with changes like starting meetings later on Mondays and ending earlier on Fridays.
Rebuilding Workplace Connections:
- Remote work has affected workplace connections, especially for those exclusively working from home.
- 58% of hybrid employees have maintained strong connections with their teams, but remote-only workers face more challenges.
- Encouraging networking and in-person engagement is essential.
These changes are here to stay, and businesses that adapt will have a competitive advantage. The way people see work and their expectations have shifted, and companies need to embrace new ways of thinking to move forward successfully.