Why some CEOs oppose hybrid work and employees say it’s an emotional drain

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Deja Leonard is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in Calgary.

The pandemic has created a whirlwind of challenges for leaders, including how to figure out how best to work for their employees. More than two years later, the hybrid approach has emerged as a groundbreaking model — but not everyone is a fan.

Hybrid work models have been viewed as beneficial in providing employees with a better work-life balance, increased productivity and improved relationships with colleagues. This was also seen as a way to give each employee the flexibility to work in the way that suits them best – some people still want to go to the office, while others don’t.

While that might sound like an ideal setup, a global report from TINYPulse, an employee engagement software company, found that 80 percent of HR executives report that hybrid work is stressful for employees. She also says that workers report hybrid work as more emotionally draining than fully telecommuting, and more taxing than full-time office work.

but, According to a report by McKinsey & Co. , many executives believe hybrid business will continue to gain traction — but the majority do not have a leadership strategy or alignment on how to implement it permanently. This may be one of the main reasons the approach has faltered and why some executives are opposed to this way of working.

On June 23, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stopelman announced that the company would move to a fully remote work model rather than a hybrid, citing underutilization of office space as one of the biggest indicators that employees prefer remote work. They also took into account the results of employee surveys.

“We’ve learned that not only can we operate our business effectively as a distributed remote workplace, but that our employees can thrive and be just as, if not more, productive when they are away,” he wrote on the company’s blog.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Mr. Stoppelman referred to hybrid work as “hell” and “the worst of both worlds.” He said employees often move to an office with few co-workers, are forced to live in expensive cities if they want to visit an office, and companies lose out on savings and talent.

At the other end of the spectrum, Tesla boss Elon Musk has called for a return to the office.

“Anyone who wants to do remote work in the office must be at least 40 (and I mean *minimum*) 40 hours a week or leave Tesla. That’s less than we’re asking factory workers,” Mr. Musk wrote in a letter Leaked email.

In a second email, Mr. Musk said that the more senior employees in the organization, the more important it was to feel their presence in the office.

While other leaders may take a different approach to announcing the change, Mr. Musk is not alone in his preferences. New research from Microsoft shows that half of leaders say their company already requires or plans to require employees to return to full-time personal work in the next year.

What I read on the web

  • The party is permanently over on Airbnb. The company, which imposed a temporary global ban on parties and events in August 2020, decided to make the decision permanent. Since then, the company has seen a 44 percent year-over-year decline in its partisan reporting rate.
  • Netflix is ​​experimenting with a new release strategy that leans toward the idea that we no longer want or need binge-watching shows. This strategy, which mirrors a more traditional schedule, may help boost declining subscriber retention rates.
  • Imagine a city where all buses were free. This is exactly what happened in Alexandria, Virginia, which is home to nearly 160,000 people. Read how the pandemic has been a catalyst for change and how one of the least beloved forms of transit has become.
  • The remote world of work has created a new kind of worker. The FBI is warning of a slight increase in cases where “deep fakes” – a type of artificial intelligence used to create disguised images and audio and video hoaxes – and other stolen personal information to apply for jobs in the US.

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