Because of the coronavirus, most employees have been working at home for almost a year now. Some of them want to go back to the office, but others want to work from home. But what will work look like after the pandemic? Suggestions to have a better and more flexible work structure have been going on from one company to another. One of them is the 3-2-2 work structure.

3 days in the office, 2 days at home, and 2 days off. This is what academics Lauren C. Howe, Ashley Whillans, and Jochen I. Menges proposed. The key of this structure is that employees have the freedom to choose where and when to work. Whillians said that with this structure, companies will consider COVID safety risks more, as well as some in-person interactions, employee preferences, and work-life balance. Another is the four-day workweek structure, which Unilever New Zealand (NZ) has implemented last December. According to Unilever NZ general manager Nick Bangs, this structure encourages flexibility and better health for workers to be more motivated to work.

Still, there are some who disagree with the structure changes. Although they have benefits, they have disadvantages as well, like leaving clients waiting for responses. Despite these, the pandemic will continue to affect our decisions and our work during the pandemic will also adapt the “new normal” mindset.