New research from VMWare suggests that many employers are less than enthusiastic about hybrid working, despite numerous studies suggesting that working from home could have a positive effect on productivity.
The companies report (opens in new tab)“The Distributed Work Dilemma: When Innovation and Job Satisfaction Compete,” surveyed 5,300 HR and IT decision makers and employee-level respondents from countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Nearly two-thirds (62%) of respondents felt their company was more “innovative” when employees worked in the office, compared to when they worked from home, while four in five (81%) of respondents praised greater job satisfaction when they worked in able to adopt a hybrid work routine.
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The majority of hybrid workers also testify to increased morale (56%), creativity (52%) and collaboration (53%) compared to pre-pandemic levels.
VMWare thinks growing economic uncertainty could prompt employers to return to the office on a large scale in hopes of seeing a productivity boost, despite the fact that low productivity has no proven link to hybrid or telecommuting practices.
Some employers still don’t trust their employees to work anywhere, with 97% of participating companies admitting to “monitoring innovation”, and 82% of companies mandating an office policy.
VMWare SVP and General Manager for End-User Computing, Shankar Iyer, explains, “Research has shown that enabling hybrid work leads to happier, more engaged and more collaborative teams, which can naturally lead to higher productivity. ”
Iyer continues: “Our research suggests that more companies should deploy formal metrics to measure impact to ensure that perception does not [outweigh] reality. Those with a hybrid work policy clearly take this very seriously.”
The survey found that 72% of EMEA organizations plan to invest “significantly” in their digital culture, with a number of companies using or considering some level of automation to take the pressure off employees and thus improve overall productivity. increase.