The study, including answers from 8000 employees in offices around the globe, showed that people prefer this hybrid of remote/in-office work, where “a 50/50 split of remote and office time (was) confirmed as the universal ideal”. Which, if nothing else, confirms that flexibility and being given the choice to work remotely, or in-office, can be a good standard moving forward. I.e. while mandating an equal split between the two is probably not be the greatest idea ever, granting employees the possibility to do both may be exactly that.
Furthermore, the study showed that:
69 % of responders would prefer that “(work) contracts are based on delivering against business needs rather than working a set number of hours.” Which indicates that employees want their performance to be judged on their ability to deliver, while the actual amount of time they spent on said delivery is rather unimportant.
Upskilling is on most people’s mind, and more than 60 % have improved upon their digital skills since the pandemic started. At the same time as “…two thirds (69%) are looking for further digital upskilling in the post-pandemic era.” Something that gives hope for the future, when more people will work remotely and when digital skills will be key to stay competitive on the job market. Especially as areas deemed important to develop also include remote leadership and thinking creatively.
“As we step into the new era of work, now is the time to establish better norms that will enable a holistically healthy, productive and inclusive workforce into the future”, says Alain Dehaze, Adecco Group’s CEO, and clearly shows the overall point this study successfully makes. Namely that now is the time to ““hit reset” on traditional workplace practice” and create a new framework for the future.