Remote work, with sporadic presence, is here to stay. This trend that came hand in hand with the pandemic today became a trend and both employees and employers are seeing the benefits of this work modality. Although it also involves challenges such as the need to better organize times so as not to end up being overshot or underperforming; as well as finding spaces to enhance social interaction.
Flexibility and freedom are some questions that emerge from the report entitled “The next paradigm is hybrid work: are we ready?” presented by Microsoft and analyzes some trends that were seen in 2020 from surveys conducted with more than 30 thousand people in 31 countries, including Argentina.
According to this study, 73% of workers surveyed want flexible remote work options to continue. At this point, it should be noted that the publications of this type of employment increased five times on LinkedIn.
Another highlight is that more than 40% of the global workforce started thinking about leaving their employer this year and 46% plan to move now that they can work remotely. In Argentina, there are real estate reports that show the increase in the demand for properties in the interior of the country and the Atlantic Coast. The values are usually more accessible, there is less conglomeration and there is a change in the quality of life.
In this context, during the past year many countries began offering visas to work remotely. There are destinations ranging from Caribbean beaches to countries in Eastern Europe. It remains to be seen whether in this context, where there is a new increase in cases, these options will continue to apply. Everything will depend on the evolution of the cases, access to vaccines and the measures that the different governments are going to take.
Globally, the time spent in meetings has more than doubled. In addition, this year more than 40 billion emails were received compared to February 2020. However, virtuality played a trick on the social factor, as interactions decreased. Hence, it is suggested that hybrid work can help to solve this question.
In the context of the pandemic, sincerity was more on the surface. It can be said that many users were more human, revealing their feelings and vulnerabilities. Almost 40% of those surveyed said they were able to show themselves in a more authentic way than before the pandemic. In addition, one in six said they cried with a colleague throughout the year.
The global research included studies in four Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. In this region, remote workers are less prone to burnout. 31% of workers in Latin America feel exhausted, compared to 39% of the world average; and 42% feel overloaded with work, while this occurs in 54% of those consulted worldwide).
Furthermore, 54% of workers in this region feel more likely to be more genuine at work, compared to last year, compared to 44% of the world average. It is also the region where social isolation was felt the most: 49% of respondents in Latin America said they saw interactions with their peers drop, compared to 40% for the world average.
In light of all these data, the report realizes of the seven hybrid work trends that leaders should be aware of for 2021 and which are mentioned below:
1. Flexible work is here to stay.
2. Leaders who are out of touch with employees need a wake-up call.
3. High productivity hides an exhausted workforce.
4. Generation Z is at risk, it will be necessary to reactivate it.
5. The decline in social interactions jeopardizes innovation.
6. Authenticity will stimulate productivity and well-being.
7. In a hybrid world of work, talent is everywhere.
In addition, five strategies that leaders can consider when promoting change were identified within their organizations:
1. Create a plan to encourage your employees to have extreme flexibility.
2. Invest in spaces and technology to unite the physical and digital worlds.
3. Fight digital exhaustion from above.
4. Prioritize the reconstruction of social capital and business culture.
5. Rethink the employee experience to compete for the best and most diverse talents.