The last two years have meant a “point of no return” in work modes,in which new needs have emerged that drive hybrid work, which for most companies presents opportunities for work-life balance and improved well-being, and makes employees more productive.
About 70 percent of professionals have now adopted the hybrid work model between the office and home, and only 11 and 6 percent do so exclusively from the office and home, respectively.
These data, collected in HP’s study on Hybrid Work, “highlight an undeniable reality, and that is that companies around the world must adapt to current market requirements and new work models”, as pointed out by the general director of HP Iberia, Inés Bermejo.
The directive defends that “companies must modulate these new work models taking into account the new rules that are established between company and employee, being aware of the advantages and opportunities offered by this new model”.
According to the HP report, two-thirds of companies believe that their employees they are more productive working under this model, while 89 percent believe that it represents a opportunity to reconcile and improve well-being of all.
However, its adoption reveals some inequalities in terms of policies and culture of inclusive work. Specifically, the youngest profiles that participated in this study stated feel little protagonists within your hybrid work experience.
Among those under 30, one in six believe that their laptop is not fast enough or does not have the necessary technological features to participate efficiently in hybrid meetings. A third of those surveyed have shown on some occasion some ‘technological shame’ when your team has unexpectedly interrupted a hybrid meeting.
Although the experience of young people with hybrid work seems to be the most polarized, they are not the only ones who have shown some reluctance. One in six overall hybrid workers (15%) globally feel excluded in decision-making processes when they are not physically in the office.
For HP, the success of this model lies, on the one hand, in facilitating a complete and real connection. Two years after the advent of hybrid work, only ten of the 90 million meeting rooms around the world are equipped with video conferencing facilities that allow for 100 percent efficient connection.
That is why one in five workers (20%) considers that they cannot adequately follow what happens in hybrid meetings and that a third (37%) you think it’s easier for your ideas to be heard in person.
Of those who feel less productive in this hybrid work model, 45 percent believe that connecting with the right people has become a great challenge within this new work culture.
On the other hand, the multinational understands that it also is key is to ensure collaboration across multiple environments. “Collaboration has always been the fuel to foster innovation and business success. But in today’s hybrid work cultures, it is the tool that enables workers in a globalized world to work together on a project or goal. common”, pointed out Bermejo.
Companies need to put mechanisms in place to ensure that collaboration remains at the center of the hybrid work culture. because right now two-thirds (63%) of global workers say they still find it easier to work with others in the office,and more than half of workers globally (56%) find it easier to interpret the non-verbal message that is communicated when they are together in person.
“As we move into an era where most workers work in a variety of settings, we must help millions of people adapt to this new reality. A fusion of the best of both models that is capable of building a future of work that represents new opportunities and values everyone’s time”, concludes the CEO of HP Iberia.