Owl Labs Report Finds That Most Employees Want a Remote or Hybrid Workplace Post-Covid

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Owl Labs & Global Workplace Analytics found out that 75% of employees want to continue working remotely or under a hybrid structure post-pandemic. Owl Labs, a video conferencing solutions company and Global Workplace Analytics, remote work research and consulting firm released its fifth annual State of Remote Work. They surveyed over 2,000 full-time employees across the US to understand more in-depth about their working conditions and desires. 

The report showcased the current situation of many employees and employers that still continue adapting and preparing for a hybrid workplace in 2022. Among the many key results, the report also explores why employers should be concerned about team burnout and retention.

Owl Labs & Global Workplace Analytics State of Remote Work Key Results

While thousands of companies have shifted towards a hybrid model, not all of them are prepared to support their employees’ preferences and needs. The report’s data shows that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach that satisfies everyone and therefore communication is key. Unclear expectations are causing 42% of employees to feel stressed out by uncertainty around their employer’s work location requirements. 

Kate Lister, President of Global Workforce Analytics shared that:

Make no mistake, hybrid working will introduce new challenges. We’ve grown accustomed to all being equal squares on a screen but when some people are in the room and some are not, we will need to be very intentional about making sure everyone’s voice is heard.

Only 38% of respondents said their employers have upgraded their video technology suitable for hybrid collaboration. 

The report also revealed that only 1 in 10 managers is concerned about employee burnout, while 1 in 4 employees (25%) changed jobs because of stress and burnout. Mental health problems have increased with the pandemic, but not many leaders are doing things to help their teams in this matter.

One strategy to prevent burnout in the long term is to offer flexibility in terms of work. 82% of employees say having the option to work remotely part-time post-pandemic would improve their mental health and 75% said it would make them less likely to quit. 

Check out the full report here

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