Poll: What is the Ideal Hybrid Remote Work Model?
The pandemic has forced companies to rethink how they deliver work. Many have embraced a shift to remote work and working with digital nomads. While some companies have implemented a hybrid model, which involves a combination of both working from home (WFH) and working in the office (WFO). It’s still unclear how companies will proceed in a post-pandemic world, but an important question to ask is: what do professionals want?
According to a survey conducted on Blind, the most popular hybrid model (43%) involved working 3 days from home and 2 days in the office. The next popular option was a full work week (5 days) from home (23%). The poll tallied over 2300 responses from the Blind user base.
Office work is getting less and less popular
Another interesting finding was the low number of respondents who preferred the WFO option. Only 5% of professionals said their ideal hybrid model would be 5 days WFO. Another 4% said they would prefer 4 days WFO and 1 day WFH.
Although most professionals prefer less days in the office, a majority of respondents (77%) still wanted to keep WFO in some capacity. Not all types of work can fit the all-remote mold. In another study, 68% of employers said company culture could only be preserved if professionals continued to work from the office.
Amazon and Microsoft employees really like working from home
A large number of respondents were professionals from big businesses. The top five most represented companies in the poll were Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple. Across the five, the 3 day WFH and 2 day WFO model was the unanimous favourite.
“I suspect the companies who can manage it will offer 2/3 hybrids for many years to come. Even when COVID-19 is no longer a life-threatening reality, I think companies have seen the benefits as well as the cost of remote work,” said a professional from Amazon. “The hybrid model will be sought to balance these advantages against the advantages of in-office time.”
Another professional from Microsoft praised the WFH model, citing it’s given her more time to focus on herself.
“Working from home has so many plusses for me. But a big one is that my workout program is 6 days a week, so I would like to continue using my commute time effectively all week. That’s critical me time.”
Will hybrid remote work become the new normal?
An important thing for companies to consider as we move towards a post-pandemic world is what their employees want. For some, the right balance will come in the form of hybrid work models. It allows companies to keep the remote models employees have become accustomed to, and preserves some of the culture building that an office presents.