Return to Work: Hot Desk or Cold Shoulder?

Now that vaccines have made it increasingly possible for companies to return to in-person work, many employees are grappling with the fact they don’t actually want to.

An overwhelming majority of employees who have worked from home over the past year want the option to continue remote work rather than return to the office full-time.

Working parents – working moms in particular– have embraced the flexibility working from home has provided and many don’t want to give it up. Without an option to continue remote work, employers may soon find employees quitting to work for another company that offers more flexibility.

Although remote work has bolstered some systemic workplace problems and led to increased burnout, the hybrid-work model is likely to become the new normal. 

To prepare for the future of work, many companies are upgrading spaces to safely welcome employees back and have begun to outline their post-pandemic policies:

  • A growing number of companies are offering new benefits, including lifestyle allowances
  • Six-in-ten executives plan to embrace more pet-friendly policies
  • LinkedIn gave employees a paid week off to recharge and avoid burnout
  • Twitter has given employees an extra day off each month to recharge

However, some employers – especially those in the legal and finance industries – are unlikely to offer a hybrid model and others are implementing a remote work cap. For example, Google employees wishing to work remotely more than 14 days a year will need to submit a formal application.