Hybrid work is here to stay. And it’s not just because employees want it that way.
The delta variant has created a new surge in COVID cases, and businesses are choosing to err on the side of caution. Companies that were previously making in person return-to-work plans have been forced to postpone, meaning that employees will be resuming work in their remote or hybrid settings indefinitely.
And despite proof that the hybrid model works, there are still myths surrounding it that could be potentially harmful to its future success, which Frank Weishaupt, CEO of virtual meeting platform Owl Labs is setting out to debunk.
“‘New normal’ is this wildly overused phrase,” he says. “This is normal. And [companies] have to get comfortable with that.”
Working from home has improved employees’ lives both personally and professionally — 77% of respondents agree that after COVID, being able to work from home would make them happier, according to Owl Labs’ State of Remote Work 2020 report. Twenty-three percent of full-time employees are willing to take a pay cut of more than 10% in order to work from home at least some of the time and half of respondents won’t return to jobs that don’t offer remote work after COVID-19.
“No matter where you sit on this spectrum of needing to be in the office or hybrid [employees] want this flexibility — they’ve tasted it,” Weishaupt says. “The horse has left the barn.”
In an effort to get ahead of the discourse and dispel some of the rumors, Weishaupt debunked a few common misconceptions surrounding hybrid and remote work: