The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and reshape the existing work models and practices. Recent research from the Adecco Group reveals that 53% of employees prefer a hybrid work model with 82% reporting the same or more productivity as before. However, lack of connection seems to be a major pain point with only a third of executives feeling that they get recognized.
Extended working hours have taken a toll and as result workers and managers are demanding to be assessed on outcomes or results rather than hours of work. There is also some anxiety about returning to work with Australia topping the charts, closely followed by the UK and Canada.
This comprehensive global study, Resetting Normal: Defining the New Era of Work, examines how attitudes to work have evolved over the last 12 months. The study presents the challenges and issues that companies must manage to adapt to this period.
In the same vein, Adecco Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Alain Dehaze mentions the need to ramp up and modify existing work models, practices and policies to cope up with evolving businesses and the post-pandemic era.
According to the statistics, 53% want to work in flexible work culture and prefer hybrid work models over traditional models. With the growing popularity and adaptability of the evolved work model, 71% have now a home set up that allows effective remote working. Adopting a hybrid work model has become a way to magnetize talents and enhance productivity. Also, 82% believe that they are more or less similarly productive as compared to earlier. The research further suggests that technology and innovations make for an efficient remote or hybrid work model.
Cloud infrastructures, cyber security, and digital transformation are key for a successful next normal. As a plus point, hybrid work can enable individuals with disabilities, parents with children to work from home.
Employees want to work smarter and not longer. The majority of employees require their employers to adopt a flexible approach in terms of place of work as well as working hours. Workers are revealing diverse experiences across different aspects of work including work culture, work engagement, relationships, etc. The research recommends businesses build output and impact-centered, flexible work models, ensuring a sustainable and engaging workplace for employees.
Compared to a survey conducted the previous year, more employees are complaining of mental health issues and burnout. It is reported that 54% of young leaders are experiencing mental and physical health concerns, since 2020. Consequently, the majority of the managers and employees are facing non-cooperation on their leader’s part. Affirmative workspace, coaching, and resources for employers, use of cognitive techniques, and adequate mental health support are the prime requirements for the next normal.
74% of employees have witnessed the need for recognition, promotion, and building of a strong workforce, with only 37% actually satisfied with their leaders’ attempts to build a positive work atmosphere. Coaching and upskilling can aid leaders to better manage, listen and induce motivation among fellow employees, creating a positive and yielding workspace.
To cope up with the evolving nature of businesses and proper utilization of talents, companies need to modify and adopt a more flexible approach to keep the talents intact. Mental health, employee-well being, efficient leadership, and consequent productivity remain the true pillars for the next normal.