For almost a year now, the majority of employees have been working from home due to the coronavirus threat. There are some who wish to go back to the office, while others have grown accustomed to working from home. Either way, both types of people have the same question: What will work look like after the pandemic? Some employees want a “hybrid” work future where they can work both from home and in the office. In response to this and the current situation, work flexibility strategies are being proposed.

One is the 3-2-2 work structure proposed by academics Lauren C. Howe, Ashley Whillans, and Jochen I. Menges. This will grant employees the flexibility of working in the office for 3 days, 2 days at home, and 2 days off. The key to this system is for the workers to choose freely when and where they want to work. Not only that, but companies will also consider COVID safety risks, some in-person interactions, employee preferences, and work-life balance with this structure. “Employees have appreciated the flexibility experienced during the pandemic, and desire more of it in the future,” says Whillans.

Another structure is the four-day workweek. In fact, this isn’t new. Some companies have been using this system since the 1970s. Some employees claim that they’re more efficient working remotely under this structure and do not need five days to get their tasks done. According to a survey from U.S. jobs site FlexJobs, 51% are more productive using this structure. This includes working parents.

Last December, Unilever New Zealand (NZ) implemented the four-day workweek. Unilever NZ general manager Nick Bangs said that the employees get to choose their day-offs, work 80% of the time but deliver 100% of their output and still receive 100% of their salary. Bangs also mentioned that this system not only promotes flexibility but better health for the employees to motivate them to work harder despite the shorter time given.

But not everyone agrees with the proposals. Despite their benefits, they also have disadvantages, such as leaving clients waiting for responses and worsening competitions. One thing is for sure, however: Regardless of the structure, our work during the pandemic will never be the same as before.