What is the employment outlook? Although the verdict is yet out, flexible working is a component of it. What will that flexibility truly look like, is the question. Would a four-day workweek work? In the UK, 3,300 workers from 70 companies will soon find out when they begin the largest trial of this new working pattern in history. Or was Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, more accurate when he said that in 10 years, everyone will be able to live and work from anywhere? As an alternative, asynchronous working, which gives staff members complete control over their schedules and locations, maybe the way to go, as promoted by remote-first companies like GitLab. In principle, these alternatives seem fantastic, but how much flexibility is actually beneficial for workers? How much do they genuinely want, too?
Seeing is believing
Numerous studies show that employees value and want flexibility, but that too much of it can be bad for their emotional well-being and professional development.
Employees who have the freedom to pick their workplace can consider leaving their suburban office in favor of a workstation with a view of the ocean in Barbados or one of the other 40+ nations that provide visas to digital nomads says Jason Wise, the Chief Editor at EarthWeb. Despite how thrilling it may seem, there are fewer opportunities for in-person engagement when staff is based overseas or in a different time zone. When communication is restricted to the odd video conference, it may be difficult to tell whether someone is having trouble keeping up with their job, feeling stressed out, or is about to burn out according to business owner Andrew Gaugler (Best of Machinery)
People who don’t get enough face time may also lose out on important feedback and opportunities to pick up skills on the job. According to Microsoft’s Work Trend Index, 50% of remote workers feel more lonely now than they did before to being remote. They could even feel unsupported or, worst still, isolated. Regular staff meetings are still conceivable, according to advocates of “anywhere working,” but how frequently can individuals truly get together if they are dispersed around the globe?
Less Motivation Due to Flexible Hours?
Giving workers the option to pick when they work is something that, like most things in life, scientific study says is best enjoyed in moderation.
At first, the thought of being free to arrange your work schedule around other obligations may sound liberating and pleasant. But according to Cornell researchers, working on weekends or on holidays dramatically lowers people’s intrinsic drive, which makes work less pleasurable.
The concept of communal time off, or visiting friends and family while they are also off work, and attitudes of when it is and isn’t appropriate to work, according to the researchers, are the key causes of this. This implies that any benefits of managing your work hours may be diminished if you spend the weekend catching up on a project when you’d rather be doing something else. When working outside traditional business hours, there are strategies to keep your motivation high. Most individuals, however, profit from structure, clear distinctions between their personal and professional life, and leisure time spent with others.
A Center Ground
Finding a balance is crucial, and a recent study from Tiger Recruitment indicates that most workers want to do this. Nearly 68 percent of the workers surveyed said that hybrid working was their ideal work environment. Fewer yet (12%) would wish to work from the office full-time compared to those who would choose to work remotely (20%).
According to Eyal Pasternak, the founder of Liberty House Buying Group, “In numerous aspects, full-time office and full-time remote working are inferior to hybrid.”
Those who have used it claim it has improved their work-life balance and reduced stress. It is ideal for productivity and team collaboration.
People prefer a combination of in-office and remote work days, according to the report. The least preferred hybrid models included working from home every day or up to four days a week.
All of this suggests that the typical worker is searching for a medium ground. Even while working from wherever, anytime, and whatever you want could appear enticing and suit certain people, most people understand the advantages of mixing home and office work. It’s also time for those businesses who are still debating to change.
Optional and Coordinated
Undoubtedly, putting into practice a mixed working arrangement requires work. It entails having faith in others to do their tasks when working remotely. Removing any obstacles brought up by having individuals in the office and at home at various hours, depends on regular communication. And it entails purposefully establishing frequent chances to foster interpersonal relationships and uphold corporate culture. However, a recent Citrix study demonstrates that there are substantial benefits to getting it correctly. It was discovered that employees who have the freedom to work both in the office and from home are more efficient and engaged than those who are solely based in the office or wholly remote.
Additionally, according to Andrew Cussens (FilmFolk), hybrid employees report greater physical and emotional health as well as a more positive attitude toward their employer.
So, might the workplace of the future be hybrid? It should be if hybrid employees feel happier, are more dedicated to their firm, and perform better.