The future of work is hybrid, flexible, and mobile.
Many companies are returning to face-to-face work or at least have begun to share plans for the return with their employees, but now expectations have changed and two years after being at home workers are asking for more flexibility.
According to a survey conducted by Randstad in the United States, 77% of workers are willing to return to the office only if it is temporary. In other words, not every day. The confinement brought to light factors that were not considered before, such as long commuting times and the feeling that working from home makes us more productive.
The study called “Next Normal” revealed that employees want the future of work to be flexible and hybrid, even if it means crossing the fine line of work-life balance by having to log on earlier and finish later than when they worked in the office.
Therefore, offering flexible and hybrid work will be essential to attract and retain talent in the future of work. As well as offering the right tools to get the job done efficiently and effectively from home.
For some positions, flexible working is not possible, but for these cases, companies should offer health and safety protocols that guarantee the stay in the offices.
The Randstad survey also revealed that during the pandemic, employees were more mobile than ever before. They changed jobs for compensation, for benefits, because their new employer gave them the option to work remotely, because of the work culture. Employees felt confident and gave weight to these variables because they saw that a change of mindset was possible.
Also in evidence was the exodus from large cities to smaller, less expensive towns or to places of origin, which made it possible to be closer to family and friends.
The younger generations represent a challenge for companies because in a way they provide the spark for them to work on adapting the corporate culture. Integrating Millennials and Centennials teams, coupled with the need to understand differences, ways of thinking, working, and learning, keep organizations constantly evolving.
It is easier for young talent to quit, even if they do not have an offer at the door if the company does not offer them options that match their passions and interests. Therefore, companies should offer (as much as possible) control over when and where they work, work-life balance, and competitive compensation. Of course, employees must also have commitment and responsibility and become the best talent that companies want to retain.