Hybrid working could help boost employee wellbeing by improving mental health and work-life balance, a new report from the workplace platform Envoy suggests.
The UK Return to the Workplace Report, based on a poll of 1,000 adults, claims that the benefits of hybrid working are so obvious that most workers would quit their jobs if they didn’t have the opportunity to work remotely at least part of the time.
This zero-compromise approach is very clear with younger workers, with 78 percent of Gen Zs saying they would head for the exit, compared to 23 percent of Boomers.
Besides mental health issues and improving work-life balance, employees also enjoy the time they save from not having to commute every day, as well as the money they save from not having to eat out during working hours.
Predictably, health is the number one driver behind the decision to work either from home or from the office. But there are other factors, as well; the report found that who else plans to be at work that day (boss, friends, teammates, etc.) is also a significant factor.
“This indicates that some work is better suited for a collaborative environment,” the report concluded.
“Companies that want to see employees return with confidence will need to not only create a safe environment but empower employees to collaborate in person at a schedule that works for them,” commented Larry Gadea, Founder and CEO at Envoy.
“Supporting employees to do their best work will look different in every company. In any scenario, companies will need insight into who, when, and how people use their workplaces, and technology that makes it easy to adapt their workplace experience to mirror employees’ changing needs—which is exactly what Envoy aims to empower.”