Is the Remote Workplace Here to Stay?

| June 30, 2021

As the pandemic shifts, organizations may be planning a combination of  remote and on-site working. Recently, PwC’s remote work surveyrevealed that employers and employees want to approach the post-pandemic workplace with more flexibility. Some interesting findings included:

·   83% of employers surveyed say the shift to remote work has been successful.

·   87% of employees surveyed say the office is important for collaborating with team members and building relationships.

·   55% percent of employees would prefer to be remote at least three days a week.

·   Employees want to return to the office more slowly than employers expect.

·   While some employers expect to reduce office space, 56% expect to need more space over the next three years.

In some form, a majority of companies are opting for either all-remote or hybrid remote arrangements. One of the most common hybrid models is flex remote in which employees are on-site on set days. Core hours is another hybrid arrangement, in which employees are available onsite during designated times. In both of those workplace models, employees are allowed to make their workday flexible outside of those set days or hours.

It’s important to consider what’s critical for businesses when it comes to the physical workplace(s). Hybrid workplaces can look very different based on the organization’s priority of factors, including the ability to access talent, individual and team productivity, and the cost of real estate.