As the future of work continues to evolve, we asked business leaders and executives to share their thoughts on whether hybrid work is here to stay at their companies. From the flexibility and cost-savings driving hybrid work to the multiple advantages it offers, discover the reasons behind their decisions and how they envision the future of their workplaces.
Preferring a Virtual Office Environment
Hybrid work causes so many distractions in day-to-day activities. Many employees work significantly better at home as the noise levels are minimal and they can avoid the water cooler talk.
In the office, team members can get distracted by the many Zoom meetings going on from their neighbor’s cubicle and the friendly hellos from colleagues. It’s impossible to concentrate. Employees are less likely to get their work done and will come home to complete their projects in silence. If your team prefers a virtual office, it’s for a reason, so take it into consideration.
Flexibility and Cost-Savings Driving Our Choice
I believe hybrid work is here to stay at our company. The flexibility and cost-savings it provides make it an attractive option for both employees and employers. We’ve seen that hybrid work can help us increase our productivity, reduce our overhead costs, and keep our employees engaged and motivated.
Additionally, our employees have found that it provides them with more control over their schedules and the ability to work from anywhere. For these reasons, I think hybrid work will continue to be a part of our company’s operations.
Growth Director, Notta
Increasing Employee Satisfaction with Work-Life Balance
At our company, hybrid work is here to stay, and there are several reasons for this decision. First and foremost, we’ve noticed an increase in employee satisfaction and work-life balance since implementing the hybrid model. Our team members appreciate the flexibility of being able to work from home when needed, without completely losing the benefits of in-person collaboration.
Co-Founder, Hair Extensions Advisor
Embracing the Budget Boost as a SMB
Our company is a small business with a limited budget. We love the flexibility hybrid work provides us and don’t plan on returning to a traditional workplace anytime soon. It allows us to tap into a larger talent pool, provide a more flexible schedule for our employees, and also allows our employees to better manage their time and workload.
Michael Loesche, M.D., Ph.D.
CEO, USMLE Test Prep
Setting Guidelines in Place
Hybrid work is definitely set to stay at our company. It’s a way of working that staff love, and increasingly it’s seen less as a perk and more as an expected way of working. It offers a lot of benefits, from the flexibility to control where you work, reduced commuting costs, and an increased ability to juggle “life admin.” Sometimes it’s the simple things—such as being able to set the washing machine going at lunchtime rather than returning to a pile of laundry in the evening—that make a difference.
However, we do have guidelines to follow as we also believe that a team can’t bond as effectively if they are not together in person. So we ask that everyone works in the office at least two days per week, and for one of those days, ALL of the team is in together to help communication, chemistry, and collaboration.
CEO, The SEO Works
In-Person Connections Fostering Innovation
I have seen firsthand how vital spontaneous interactions in the office can be for driving new ideas and fostering a sense of community among employees. After careful consideration and evaluation, hybrid work will not stay in our company.
While hybrid work offers some benefits, such as increased flexibility and the ability to work from anywhere, it also comes with significant challenges. One of the biggest concerns is the need for more in-person connections critical for building a solid team and driving innovation. With the ability to easily collaborate and communicate with one another in person, it can be easier for employees to feel engaged and connected to their work and colleagues.
While we will continue to evaluate our policies and practices, returning to in-person work is the best way to ensure we drive new ideas and succeed as a team.
MD, Flycast Media
Leaning Toward Hybrid Work’s Multiple Advantages
Yes! The primary reason for this shift is the increased realization that a flexible work environment offers several advantages for our employees. We have found that the hybrid model provides a better work-life balance, allowing them to choose between working remotely or at the office based on their personal preferences and commitments.
This approach helps our company tap into a broader talent pool, reduce overhead costs, and maintain a higher level of employee satisfaction.