Remote work is here to stay

The momentous shift to remote work – largely among professional knowledge workers – since 2020 has changed the perception of the practice and allowed employees and employers to realize its benefits. As a result, more companies are adopting long-term hybrid and remote work models.

We have collected articles from SHRM online and other outlets to provide more context on the news.

The shift to hybrid working is gaining momentum

According to FlexJobs, a Boulder, Colorado-based job board and resource site for remote and flexible jobs, 48% of employers are maintaining some form of remote work for their workforce. When asked what their company’s post-pandemic work plans will be, 26% of respondents said their employer would follow a hybrid model, and 22% said they would be allowed to work remotely.

Employees are eager to continue working remotely or in hybrid mode as well. According to FlexJobs, 65% of respondents say they want to work remotely full-time, while 32% want a hybrid work environment.

FlexJobs has compiled a list of statistics and trends from surveys conducted in 2022 on flexible working and talent acquisition, retention, productivity and employee mental health.

(Flex Jobs)

Remote work works for some jobs

A breakdown of Department of Labor data shows that 60% of private sector organizations — representing half of the U.S. workforce — rarely or never allow employees to work remotely. Nearly 30%, or most of the other half of the US workforce, allow some work outside of the office. The remaining 10% of employers and 3% of workers are completely remote. The sectors with the most employees working remotely were reported in education, information, professional and business services, and financial activities.

(SHRM online)

The federal government will preserve flexible working

Much of the federal government has worked remotely during the pandemic, but the shift to permanent flexibility is a huge shift in workplace culture for the public sector, which had lagged behind many private employers in supporting the flexible and remote working.

(SHRM online)

Considerations when moving to a hybrid working model

Hybrid working models, in which some employees are onsite while others work from home, have become the norm for many organizations.

(SHRM online)

Hybrid workplaces call for advanced technology

Hybrid workplaces come with a host of complex facility management issues. Space management technology is essential for a successful hybrid workplace, enabling employers to process real-time data, automate tasks, and deliver a superior employee experience.

(SHRM online)

Rethinking Onboarding in the Age of Remote Work

The four Cs of traditional onboarding (clarification, compliance, connection, and culture) still apply to virtual onboarding. HR professionals need to pay special attention to connection and culture, which are most at risk in a virtual environment.

(SHRM online)

Gen Z wants to work in the office

Even as employers are busy figuring out the best ways to transition to a remote/in-person hybrid mode of working, many people, including a majority of Gen Z, want to work onsite, at least some of the time. Only 2% of respondents to a recent survey said they wanted to work remotely full-time.

(SHRM online)

Some remote employees are working longer hours

While the shift to remote work has provided much-needed flexibility for professional workers, negative aspects of the experience – isolation, reduced collaboration and burnout – have emerged. Research shows that remote employees work longer, spend more time in meetings, and need to follow more communication channels.

(SHRM online)

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