Report: 85% of employees want a hybrid work model

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As companies devise strategies for bringing employees back to the office, business leaders are faced with questions about building a work environment that encourages and empowers employees to be productive, collaborative and innovative.

A new report from Condeco surveyed 1,500 current employees in the United States to get a sense of attitudes toward hybrid work and how these sentiments are impacting companies’ acclimation to the future of the working world. The findings answer the most pressing questions from business leaders regarding the increasing adoption of hybrid and remote working, with data indicating that 85% of respondents want to go hybrid.

While the adoption of hybrid work makes sense, business leaders still need to understand how best practices can be obtained, with what tools, and in what way.

Pie charts.  Desire for future work among the total within each seniority.  63% of the C-suite, 59% of the intermediate and 52% of the entry level.

Hybrid models are quickly becoming the agreed-upon future, but an effective transition to this new work behavior requires the right technology. In fact, the Condeco report shows that having the right digital tools is a top priority to ensure effective hybrid work among respondents, but only 51% agree that their company uses the right tools to support flexible work. Worse, only 50% of respondents believe their company is open to feedback about their digital toolstack.

The role of technology in a hybrid model is not just to give employees the flexibility to decide how and where they work, but to bring people and departments together. The employee experience is a top priority – and technology can make the difference between a positive and a negative one in the way they communicate, collaborate and connect. Many employees see technology as a platform for achieving digital fairness for people inside and outside the office, breaking organizational silos and strengthening interpersonal relationships. In fact, Condeco’s report found that 68% of respondents agree that “achieving digital equality for virtual and in-room participants” is vital to ensuring effective collaboration can continue in hybrid work.

The writing is on the wall: hybrid work is now non-negotiable. Technology is the means by which this new business model can be created and maintained, and Condeco’s findings highlight the urgent need to prioritize what forms the backbone of this flexible work model: workplace technology.

Read the full report from Condeco.

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