Most employees around the world have been working remotely for nearly a year already since the pandemic struck. Some want to go back to the office, while others prefer to stay home. Nonetheless, one question remains the same for both: what will work look like after the pandemic? Will it revert to the way it was? Some employees yearn for a “hybrid” work environment, a combination of both office and home work. Proposals for work flexibility have been circulating among various companies.

Academics Lauren C. Howe, Ashley Whillans, and Jochen I. Menges have come up with the 3-2-2 work structure (3 days in the office, 2 days at home, and 2 rest days). This structure boasts flexibility of working at home and in the office, and granting employees the freedom to choose where and when to work. Whillans said, “Employees have appreciated the flexibility experienced during the pandemic, and desire more of it in the future.” Companies will also consider COVID safety risks, some in-person interactions, employee preferences, and work-life balance.

Some companies, however, have been implementing the four-day workweek structure. In fact, this isn’t new and has been ongoing since the 1970s. Some workers claim that they’re more efficient working remotely in this schedule and don’t need five days a week to get things done. A survey from the U.S. jobs site FlexJobs shows that 51% of employees are more productive, even working parents. Moreover, working more hours may result in decreased productivity and mental health issues.

Unilever New Zealand (NZ) implemented the four-day workweek system last December. Workers get to choose their day-offs and work 80% of the time, but deliver 100% of their output and receive 100% of their salary, says Unilever NZ general manager Nick Bangs. He added that the structure promotes flexibility as well as better health for employees to have more drive to work despite the shorter time given.

Despite the proposals and their benefits, some don’t agree with the idea of changing the work structure. Changes may worsen competitions, leave clients waiting for responses, and damage the corporate world further. Regardless of the structures, however, the pandemic will continue to affect our mindset and values. And our work during the pandemic will never be the same as before.