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Remote work is at a crossroads. While necessitated by the pandemic, workers have reaped the benefits of the greater flexibility that they are now not willing to go without. A study showed that nearly three-quarters of workers said the pandemic made them want to work more remotely in the future, with 83 per cent of employees saying that they are more likely to stay at their company if they are allowed to work flexibly.
According to a Forrester study commissioned by LogMeIn, 60 per cent of respondents said they were even willing to accept less pay in a trade for flexibility.
However, many decision-makers and leaders are still taking an antiquated look at remote work rather than seeing it as the competitive differentiator it is. While 56 per cent of employees say they are more productive when working remotely and 61 per cent say they can get more done in an 8-hour workday when remote, only 5 per cent of decision-makers surveyed believe remote workers are more productive, and 70 per cent said employees in the office are more trustworthy.
So, while companies must take this next shift toward hybrid or digital-first work as an opportunity to mature the remote work tools and programs hastily put in place one year ago, the study conducted using two online surveys – one of 582 remote work decision-makers, such as those leading human resource or IT departments, and the second survey of 427 employees – each at global organizations of 10-2,500 employees, shows they may not be.
The results show that business leaders must move away from outdated remote work stigmas and embrace the new way employees want to work. Shifting to an “anywhere” work program is not a simple task, but it is critical for business success.