Momentum for a 4-day working week is growing -- with significant hardship these past years, many people have re-examined what is important in their life.
Published 19 April 2022 | 10 min read
The past year of COVID-19 variants has thrown a wrench in the return-to-office plan for many organizations. What was expected to be a mass migration back to the office in September of 2021 quickly halted as employers extended their work-from-home policies indefinitely into another miserable pandemic winter. As spring approaches, employees and employers once again are preparing for what their new office environment will look like.
For many employees, returning to the office means some semblance of normalcy -- or at least a workplace more like the one we remember from before the pandemic. Others bristle at the idea of giving up their pajama pants and really good coffee from their kitchen.
But one thing is clear: We're not returning to the same workplace we left. And employees with the ability to work remotely are largely anticipating a hybrid office environment going forward -- one that allows them to spend part of their week working remotely and part in the office.
What exactly hybrid work will look like for each organization is just beginning to take shape, and the ensuing lessons will define our work lives for years to come. Ultimately, how this new hybrid era unfolds will depend on the types of hybrid experiences employers create and how managers adapt.