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Structured Hybrid Working Is The Future, According To Fortune 500 Companies

The vast majority of Fortune 500 companies are implementing a structured hybrid working model. Here's why senior management teams feel structured hybrid is the future

Tue Nov 21 2023

Nearly four years on from the start of the pandemic and the great debate surrounding remote work still rumbles on.

In one corner, employers are insisting employees return to the office for either all or the majority of the week–according to McKinsey’s most recent American Opportunity Survey, 58% of US workers spend four days per week in the office. 

In the opposite corner, staff are requesting that remote working options remain: as many as 87% of US workers say they would prefer to work fully remotely if given the chance. 

Since the pandemic restrictions lifted, many organizations have attempted to get around this quandary by implementing a hybrid working structure, whereby employees are permitted to work from home for some of the working week and spend the rest of their days in-office. 

And structured hybrid—whereby all staff are present in-office on set days of the week—is proving to be the most popular solution for Fortune 500 companies, with 77% of companies with 50,000 to 100,000 employees opting for a structured hybrid model. 

Interestingly, smaller companies with less than 50,000 employees are more likely to be flexible on in-office days. 

Why structured hybrid makes sense

You’re probably already aware of the benefits remote work affords. The results can be seen on both a data-driven and anecdotal basis: increased wellbeing, greater work-life balance, and the ability to effectively manage household responsibilities such as childcare or caring for a relative. 

But from a professional standpoint, structured hybrid allows employees to gain the most from their days in-office. 

For starters, presenteeism is reduced and proximity bias, whereby those who come into the office more frequently are therefore looked upon more favorably by managers, is also removed as a stumbling block for those who favor working from home. 

The importance of 'face time'

Structured hybrid also facilitates different types of working—deep focus work can be reserved for days spent working at home, for example Mondays and Fridays, while in-office days can be used for face-to-face meetings, more collaborative group work or inter-department projects that require input from different teams. 

This is particularly important for younger workers who are at the start of their careers and need mentorship, guidance and the opportunity to learn from those who are more experienced.

Data from Unispace highlights that Gen Z are more eager to be back in the office and found that 79% of those aged 18-34 expect to be back in the office four days per week compared to 65% of those aged between 25 and 44.

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This article was written by Aoibhinn Mc Bride