Best of both worlds: is hybrid work the future?

Hybrid work has been gaining favor among professionals and companies around the world — could the future be flex?

Companies and employees are changing the way they work to have more productivity and quality of life

All over the world, offices suddenly became empty at the beginning of 2020. At that moment, many people began to work from home due to the need for social isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This new reality took over companies, many of which had never adopted the home office system before. Initially, people began to see advantages in this way of working, such as having more flexible schedules and less stress in traffic.

But, over time, many people began to miss teamwork, coffee and face-to-face meetings. With the return to offices, a question arose: is the future about combining the best of both worlds in a hybrid work model?

In 2022, the majority of professionals interviewed (63%) in search Salary Guide, of recruiting firm Robert Half, said they would prefer hybrid work in 2022 — and 38% said they would look for a new job if the company didn't offer at least a partially remote option.

Another survey carried out by Robert Half shows that 48% of the companies consulted intend to adopt hybrid work in 2022, while 38% stated that they would return to the fully in-person model. Managers listed the benefits of hybrid work as better balance between personal and professional life and reduced costs generated by offices.

Around the world, the scenario is also favorable to mixing work at home and in the office: nine out of ten companies intend to adopt this model, according to a search carried out by McKinsey consultancy.

Only one in five companies believe they will not have any form of remote work in the future, global research shows Future of Work, carried out in 2021 by FTI Consulting at the request of HSBC. And 34% will give employees total flexibility to decide where they want to work.

For companies, hybrid work makes sense for reducing office costs, increasing productivity (verified in 77% of the fastest growing companies interviewed) and for expansion plans in new markets. And it is aligned with ESG objectives, such as improving employees' quality of life and reducing their environmental impact, highlights HSBC.

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