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Next Big Disruption In American Society Is Hybrid Work | Voice Of America

Hybrid schedules could be the next monumental change in American workplaces after last year’s sudden switch to remote work. More than 70% of workers want flexible remote work options, according to a Microsoft study, but almost the same number (about 65%) still want more in-person time with their coworkers. A hybrid schedule, where people are in the office part of the time while working at home for the rest, could meet both needs. It appears that companies are increasingly embracing hybrid programming now that the pandemic has shown that working from home can be productive. The study found that remote job postings on professional networking site such as LinkedIn increased dramatically, more than fivefold, during the pandemic. “If some companies offer (remote work), then it will force the other companies,” says Cathleen Swody, an organizational psychologist at Thrive Leadership. “So if they want talent, they will have to have a little more flexibility. And along with all the flexibility, it’s the processes: who is doing what? Who really needs to be in the office? Who needs that collaboration? Who does not? And rethink how work gets done. “Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can download this video to view it offline. General Motors recently announced that its 155,000 employees around the world could choose to work from home Or be in the office, depending on the project they’re working on. JPMorgan Chase has hybrid plans that could mean the company only needs office space for 60 out of 100 employees. But a hybrid setup has its challenges. 54% of people who worked from home last year feel overworked and 39% say they are completely exhausted. Kristen Carpenter, chief psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center , says that the clear parameters established by the employer will be key in any hybrid work situation. “Home work, distance work: t There is a lot more activity outside of business hours, on the weekends, and it’s important to be aware of that kind of digital upload. I think that when people switch to a remote work or work-from-home model, it’s easy not to draw that line and have work always present, ”he says. “Given the digital overload, the ways that work invades people’s home lives will really matter.” Stephanie Ellis uses her laptop at her home in Marlboro, NJ, on June 19, 2020. Younger workers are struggling the most when it comes to feeling engaged or excited about work while working from home, according to the study. And there is concern that the smaller networks that often result from telecommuting may lead to less innovation. “There are some studies that show that when people work from home, they tend to socialize or connect with a smaller group of people. And so they don’t get different ideas. They don’t have as many different perspectives, ”Swody says. “They get stuck in this little place, while going back to work, there is more interaction with different departments, different perspectives, different aspects, and therefore more creativity and the feeling of generating new ideas.” On the positive side, the study finds that remote working has led to more authentic moments between coworkers who ended up meeting a colleague’s pets or families online, as the pandemic provided a virtual window and thus a greater understanding of a coworker. personal side of the worker that work in the office. Connect with the Voice of America! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications; or, follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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