Hybrid Work Is Here to Stay: Here’s How to Ensure Success

July 11, 2024 | From HRCalifornia Extra

by Jessica Mulholland, Managing Editor, CalChamber

It’s been more than four years since what was essentially a massive remote work experiment began — from March 30 to April 2 of 2020, 62 percent of workers began working remotely, which was about double the percentage just a couple of weeks prior, according to Gallup data at the time.

Fast forward to February 2024, and Gallup reports that 27 percent of workers are still fully remote. Many employers, however, want these employees back on site but are met with resistance, so they’re partaking in what’s called “office peacocking” — or making their offices more attractive and comfortable in an attempt to lure employees back to the office, according to an Owl Labs study.

And it’s no wonder employers want their workers on site, as many remote employees are partaking in a new trend called “quiet vacationing,” or taking vacation time without telling your employer. In fact, a Resume Builder survey released in June shared that 1 in 8 workers planned on quiet vacationing this summer — and since it’s nearly mid-July, many probably have already.

Thankfully, employers operating under a hybrid work model — where employees split their workdays between home and the office each week — are susceptible to quiet vacationing to a lesser degree than employers of fully remote workforces.

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